Stephen B. Hebert
Teacher. Writer. Texan. Mystic?

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Mar
15
Until We Get It Right

Until We Get It Right

We keep going. We write and re-write. We tinker and toil until the thing reaches a level of “right” we can deal with. Then, we send it out there.
5 min read
Mar
10
Writing Like Jazz: Revising with the Energy Meter

Writing Like Jazz: Revising with the Energy Meter

Like a good jazz player, we allow the writing to move us in the direction it needs to go. We focus only on this sentence, this clause, this phrase.
2 min read
Mar
07
Think Like Vader: Writing Inside Characters

Think Like Vader: Writing Inside Characters

The author needs to get into the heads of her characters and take on that sense of self-righteousness. The author needs to pursue the character’s trust in her own goodness.
2 min read
Jan
18
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 2021)

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 2021)

Ahead of me, not quite at the top, I could see in the starlight the dark neck and the black crew cut of a man in a charcoal suit. I called out to him, and he turned around and saw me.
3 min read
Nov
15
The Pen: (Often) Mightier than Microsoft Word

The Pen: (Often) Mightier than Microsoft Word

Writing with pen and paper offers a different writing experience. When we write by hand, we do not have the allure of the Internet at our disposal.
5 min read
Nov
13
To My Third Grader on World Kindness Day

To My Third Grader on World Kindness Day

While we may not always understand why some people are unkind to others or why some people do bad things, what we can understand is that kindness is always the right answer.
3 min read
Oct
31
Art Requires Time (The Muse Will Meet Us There)

Art Requires Time (The Muse Will Meet Us There)

If it’s important, then we pencil it in. We put it in the calendar. We block off a few hours for curiosity to take us where it needs to go.
2 min read
Oct
24
Gravity's Rain 331 or The White Continuum

Gravity's Rain 331 or The White Continuum

Erasing. Black and White. Pynchon made poignant or problematic or paranoid or just plain wrong.
1 min read
Oct
24
A Regrettable Myth

A Regrettable Myth

I tell my students that writing is hard. Then, I immediately regret it.
4 min read