For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter @ebszabo here’s what you missed last week. Hope you enjoy: "Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?' #CassandraClare #WritersBlock: There's no better cure than #BadLove. try it "Syllables govern the world" #JohnSelden What this means for #grammar is anyone’s guess, but it … Continue reading twitter recap
Month: September 2014
In 150 words, write what is left after the destruction of all else. Begin here: "But now we are lit from within..." photo: Rob Wood, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
"Evidence of animal sentience is everywhere" Psychology Today Write a 200 word portrait of this relationship: photo: C.E.Price Begin with "There's something you need to know"
vehicle for change
Select a departure point and destination on a map, then put two people on a bus - chart their geographic progress as they navigate their relationship. How does being in a restricted space limit what they can say? How does the changing scenery propel them into the past? How are they changed by this journey? … Continue reading vehicle for change
All stories must come to an end. Whether short story (up to approximately 7,500 words), or novel (approximately 60,000 words or more). For Animal Farm the end came at 29,966 words, for Madame Bovary 117,963 words, and for War and Peace 544,406 words (for more word counts go to PWxyz) Regardless of how many words it takes, don’t … Continue reading the end
texture of loss
list all you've lost in your lifetime. list all you've found. join them: lost found lost found lost found lost found..... photo: Titus Tscharntke all that we've lost and found becomes the textured backdrop for the stories we live and tell, and think we don't tell.
mutiny is bounty
When you write, be mutinous. If you’re not afraid, or insecure, or filled with foreboding, it’s probably because you’re obeying too many rules. "Grammar is a piano I play by ear." Joan Didion Essays & Conversations Find the pace and sound that's indigenous to you and use it.
End the tyranny of Spell-Check, shelve the dictionary - correct spelling isn't a prerequisite for brilliant writing. "I don't give a damn for a man who can spell a word one way." Mark Twain It's time to free write.
For those of you who don't follow me @ebszabo on Twitter, here's what you missed: #RulesOnWriting #BreakTheRules be consistent and create your own #CreativeWriting #Innovation #WriteNow #FreeConsult @MargaretAtwood “forces us to see in such sharp relief that we feel compelled to share her worries and thus to act on them.” #DrewFaust #Read to write & … Continue reading twitter recap
“Literature was not born the day when a boy crying "wolf, wolf" came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying "wolf, wolf" and there was no wolf behind him.” Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature Take us to the moment … Continue reading cry wolf