1. Narrow the scope of your story so that you have time and space to provide the details that give truth to your fiction.
  2. Constantly observe the world around you to collect details that you can access when writing.
  3. Remember emotions from the past and the physical correlatives of those emotions.  Allow yourself to face your emotions honestly.
  4. Draw on six senses when you write to give credibility:  sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, kinesthetic sense.  Kinesthetic sense is the internal physical sense of your body; for example, your rumbling gut, a piercing pain in your head, a stiff knee, shortness of breath.  Emotions are often attached to the kinesthetic sense.
  5. Everyday exercise your brain by dreaming.  The dreaming prepares you to write with specificity that feels truthful.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Segregation in Baltimore


  1. In 1910 Baltimore enacted the first law in American history that restricted blacks from moving to white residential blocks and vice versa.*
  1. Until the 1970s, prejudice against Jews was so strong in Baltimore that there were actually three housing markets: one for white Christians, one for Jews, and one for blacks.*
  1. Housing covenants against Jews were so prevalent in Baltimore that even some Jewish developers refused to sell homes or rent apartments to Jews for fear that white Christians would not want to live in the development.*
  1. At least four Jewish congregations and their rabbis participated in the 1963 protests to integrate Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, including Rabbi Morris Lieberman of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, who inspired his congregants to put Jewish principles into action.**
  1. While sit-ins in southern restaurants and stores drew the headlines in newspapers throughout the country, in the early 1960s black students also conducted sit-ins in segregated Baltimore restaurants and department stores.**


* Antero Pietila, Not in My Neighborhood

** Amy Nathan, Round & Round Together