Cal State Northridge Writing Project

Cal State Northridge Writing Project

     When I started out as a writing tutor six years ago, I had a master’s degree in writing, a love of language and an enthusiastic, almost evangelical, energy about the subject. Instinctively, I knew how important writing is to a child’s future. After all, even the...
Have Some Sense

Have Some Sense

It’s pretty hard to write a decent description without using your senses.   Sometimes the right smell will jolt you back in time.  The other day, I was walking along the coast in La Jolla, CA (I know, rough life!) when I was hit with a scent that rocketed me right...

BOOYAH!

Today's Instagram prompt is heartfelt. As a diehard gadget girl, I've been teaching myself all of the tech I need to spread my message that writing is fun.  I've learned Wordpress, Woocommerce, Drip, Stripe, and probably a dozen other tools.  The ridiculous part is...

On today’s Instagram, I posted a writing prompt to write a sentence that contained a simile for one single rose. Then, I remembered the Dorothy Parker poem, “One Perfect Rose.” It’s full of poetic imagery, metaphor, personification and that famous Dorothy...
BREAK A LEG

BREAK A LEG

It’s a theatrical superstition that wishing someone good luck is actually bad luck. Following that logic, the polite thing to say is, “Break a leg!” There are all sorts of bad things that can happen to an actor on stage, so I’m not sure why we settled on breaking a...
ARE YOU THE BIG CHEESE

ARE YOU THE BIG CHEESE

Are you the big cheese? “Big Cheese” is an idiom that means a very important person, usually the boss. For some reason, cheese is very popular when it comes to idioms and jokes. In addition to the “big cheese,” there’s “cheesy” and “cut the cheese.” We’ll save those...
I’M GOING WITH MY GUT

I’M GOING WITH MY GUT

YOUR SECOND BRAIN I’m going to go with my gut for this week’s Idiom of the Week. Does that mean: A: I’m going to take my belly to the movies. B: I’m going to do a lot of sit ups. C: I’m going to trust that feeling I have in the pit of my stomach. D: I’m going to...
Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

Hearts are very popular for idioms.  There’s “heart to heart,” “wearing your heart on your sleeve,” “broken heart,” “bleeding heart,” and this week’s winner, “heart of gold.”   To have a heart of...