Author Archives: Ryan Jo Summers

About Ryan Jo Summers

Author and free lance writer

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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By Rote with Ryan

I’ve been thinking about writing lately–mostly because I’ve had so precious little time to write much—between leaving one job and taking another and working both while the notice week finished out. (My desk has a scary resemblance to the ones … Continue reading

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Encouraging Young Readers

Recently I was visiting a friend at her house. Her seven-year-old granddaughter read a graphic novel about a lost kitten to me. I marveled at how well she read and praised her lavishly. Later, she stopped reading and marked her … Continue reading

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