Author Archives: Ryan Jo Summers

About Ryan Jo Summers

Author and free lance writer

By Rote with Ryan: Criticism

Criticism : How to give it as a reader and take it as a writer. Raise your hand. Who here likes criticism? Be honest now. Some might enjoy giving it, but almost no one likes receiving it. Am I right? … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan–I wish I could smell………

Amozmia is defined as the clinical lack of a sense of smell. It frequently indicates a person who has lost that particular sense from an accident or injury. In my case, I never had a sense of smell.  As a … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan– Lessons on story depth learned from a painting

Recently I was at a house, looking at a painting on the wall. It was a wooded scene with lots of trees, created to look like an autumn forest. What really caught my eye wasn’t the trees, but a tan … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan: Including details in your writing

Quick question: what are your hands doing right now? One answer is they are probably scrolling the mouse down the screen of this article. Yet what about your other hand, the one not needed for scrolling right now? What were … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan: The Importance of Pre-Writing Exercises

The mind is a muscle, and like any muscle before a work out, you want to warm it up a little. And like any muscle, if we don’t exercise and use our writing muscles regularly, we lose that creativity we … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan–How Reading for Reviews can Make you a better Writer

It is no secret writers tend to be readers. It’s a sort of form follows function. Or a simple process of evolution. Call it what you wish, however after nearly five decades as a reader, and four as a writer, … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan: How Writing is Like Garage Sales

Late August is National Garage Sale Day. I guess it’s a final push to celebrate summer by offering the by-products of all that spring and summer cleaning we’ve been doing while making a little cash in the process. And one … Continue reading

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