While I was finishing up with the first book in The Write Spot Series, The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries, the idea of a book with writing in it from a mother and her adult children came to me. It hung around, like a toddler at my feet and wouldn’t let go. As I gathered stories to include in this book, I realized how connected we are.
The photo on the cover is my mother when she was fourteen, in 1945, and letters she wrote to her mother.
Every piece of writing in Connections comes with a writing prompt, hopefully to inspire you to write your stories.
Speaking of writing prompts, there are over 400 prompts on my blog, The Write Spot.
The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections illustrates how story-telling can be used as a technique to ignite imagination and inspire writing. The fiction, poetry, and personal stories in Connections show how we relate through stories. It’s unique for being both entertaining and featuring techniques to ignite the imagination for inspirational writing. Connections includes an extensive resources section for writers.
Marlene Cullen has put together another anthology that is a great read, and an excellent guide to inspire writers. I loved the "connections" between mothers and their adult children - both in their writing styles and the advice that they "share" with their younger selves (and us). The pieces are diverse and compelling on their own, and then fascinating when woven together, illuminating the connections between generations. It is always interesting to see the way Cullen's prompts spark ideas and memories in such an individual way.... they make readers want to sit down and tell their own stories. This is a guidebook, a writers’ reference, and a compilation of beautifully written little jewels. — Karen
Stuck with your writing? A trip through this lively collection of personal stories will get you started when you read what these writers have done with prompts that encourage looking back over life's adventures—magic moments, having a mom, being a mom, the scary, the unexpected, regret, joy. I found particularly inspiring the contributors' advice to their younger selves and what they wish they had known back in the day. I'm ready to sit right down at my computer, open Word, click on New, and face the blank page. —Jane Merryman
The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections (second anthology in series) celebrates contributing authors - mothers and their adult children - and encourages aspiring writers to use storytelling to gain new appreciation of parent-child histories. Applauding writers' fairy godmother Marlene Cullen! —Teresa LeYung-Ryan, theme consultant and writers' platform-building coach
Heartfelt conviction, strong imagery, and the generational connections make the pieces in Connections an excellent anthology of mini-memoirs and a powerful testament to the way the written word connects and inspires us. The prompts will help you write your own stories. —B. Lynn Goodwin, WriterAdvice and author of Never Too Late and Talent