I just read an essay by Karen Brown in the Glimmer Train Newsletter. In it she talks about the way using remembered objects can bring your writing alive both for you as writer and, more importantly, for the reader. She describes a particular artifact – a cigarette box belonging to her grandmother – she used in a scene in one of her books. As I read this sentence: “A lid lifted at the top, and a wooden black terrier appeared holding the cigarette.”, an image from 70 years ago flashed in my mind. You should know by now that my … Continue reading The Cigarette Box: Using Artifacts in our Writing.