Archive for the ‘Literature’ Tag

“Write what you know” – Nathan Englander on Misunderstood Advice   2 comments

Nathan Englander (born 1970) is an American author. He wrote the short story collectionFor the Relief of Unbearable Urges, published by Alfred A. Knopf, in 1999.

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Geoffrey Zimmerman: Advice to Aspiring Writers   Leave a comment

Geoffrey Zimmerman is an American author and screenwriter currently living in RichmondVirginia.

He is a prolific writer who has recently published the romantic adventure novel Love Never Dies Book 1: The Parting set in soviet ruledPoland

Twelve Months of Writing Workshops   1 comment

Starting in January 2013, I will offer creative writing workshops one Saturday a month. The elements of fiction are the main topics.

My new website: http://lediar.wix.com/ledia-runnels includes all workshops, time and place as well as novels under Vrint Publishing available on Amazon.com and Kindle. If you live in or near Spring, Texas, or plan to visit, come join the fun and learn at the same time.

The first Workshop is:

“In The Beginning: myths, legends, fables, folklore and fairy tales

 Learn creative writing using the structure of ancient storytelling.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Show and Don’t Tell: In a Nutshell   4 comments

Prague - Czech Republic

Prague by Samuca° via Flickr

Below find a perfect example of Show and Don’t Tell in this short story by fellow WordPress blogger, A.S.J. Ellis. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to short story writing. This story does it in spades!

I found myself one afternoon on meth amphetamine, talking to a very serious, slightly tearful, but suicidal meth addict at his spacious apartment in the centre of Prague. (Read more…)

“Smoking in Prague”   http://asjellis.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/smoking-in-prague-i/

Can you give reason why this story works?

Folding Mirror Poetry: “In a Nutshell”   7 comments

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - They began ...

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I discovered this form of poetry on a fellow blogger’s site (Marc Latham). It sounds like a lot of fun to write.

In a comment Marc sent to me, he describes the creative writing form as  “Palindrome mirror poetry(that) has been around for a long time, but hopefully the Folding Mirror is different enough to be a new form in its own right, as explained by Caroline Gill…”

“Poem Structure

The poem mirrors either in the mirroring lines either side of the middle, with a word count of:
5-9-7-6-5-6-4-3 (6) 3-4-6-5-6-7-9-5″ as stated on Marc Latham’s site.

Here is a folding mirror poem that Marc Latham wrote:

Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole

world of order with antipodies
food clearly labelled so you know what it is
walk in straight lines and follow signs
which way, makes sense, linear lines
laws maintain straight and narrow
formal protocol for you to follow
people work to time
regular clockwork chime

another world down the rabbit hole

it’s mad-hatter’s luck
time does not work
cheshire cat lost grin mouse tailcity
reverse expected abnormality to normality
no rules, rules are, inverted showing
turn away to get where you’re going
don’t eat with expectation that it is what sees
wonderland is full of antipathies

Check out Marc’s blog posts and learn more at:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Alice in Wonderland Poem:   http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/alice-in-wonderland-poem/

Folding Mirror Poetry: Rainbow Roy G Biv Anagram Reflections Mirror Poem:   http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/rainbow-roy-g-biv-anagram-reflections-mirror-poem/

Folding Mirror Poetry: Zen Zebra Descartes Mirror Image Poem:   http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/zebra-mirror-image-poem/

What Makes a Character Compelling? In a Nutshell…   1 comment

Tama Characters

Someone once told me that a good way to get inside a character‘s mind was to put on a hat that “they” would wear. This simple act would help me create more believable and compelling fiction. So, once you have donned your “character’s hat”,  answer the following questions to help round out their personalities.

If you need more help, read Orson Scott Card‘s helpful manual, published by Writer’s Digest Books and listed in the Reference section of this blog. You can also visit the suggested websites listed in Additional Reading.

A Character is what they do, so…

1. What is their Motivation.Why does he or she do what they do?

2. What happened in their Past to make them who they are today?

3. What do the other characters think of them; what is their Reputation?

4. Do they fit a Stereotype?

5.What are their Habits?

6. What are their special Talents and Abilities?

7. What are their Tastes and Preferences?

8. What is their Body Type: Are they powerful or weak? Do they have a disability? Does society consider them ugly, beautiful or ordinary?

9. Are they a Hero, Victim or Bully?

References:

Free and Fantastic Character Icons:   http://www.oneinchpunch.net/2007/05/18/free-and-fantastic-character-icons-from-tamas-in-sapporo-japan/

Characters and their Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card

Additional Reading

Great Characters –  Their Best Kept Secret:   http://www.writersstore.com/great-characters-their-best-kept-secret

Secrets to Great Characters, According to 6 Science Fiction Writers:   http://io9.com/5065556/secrets-of-great-characters-according-to-6-science-fiction-authors

How to Create Great Characters:   http://storymind.com/dramatica/character/8.htm

Character Art.Related articles

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