A metaphor is an implied comparison between two things that are unlike each other but have something in common. When used with restraint, metaphor is an economical way of conveying depth and complexity without ‘telling’ your reader what to think. Think about how an eggshell conveys fragility, an icicle conveys chill, or a shredder conveys … Continue reading frozen
Month: January 2015
This is a brilliant world. Love it. ebszabo Write your hearts out, people.
Memorable stories are driven by conflict. So think of the two most incompatible people you know and start them on this walk. ebszabo Write their story as they navigate a snow day.
Under the right circumstances a dead end can feel promising. ebszabo Write the story that makes this true.
first light and bad love
The Sun coming up is an illusion so convincing that, though we know it is the Earth's motion that causes the Sun to appear on the horizon, we persist in calling it 'sunrise'. This is because we on earth are in a rotating reference frame. Something that I don't fully understand. But I think it might … Continue reading first light and bad love
2014 in review
WordPress.com prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. ebszabo Here's an excerpt: This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. Click here to see the complete report.
hottest year #clifi
The New York Times reports that 2014 was the hottest year on record surpassing 2010 "planetary warming...poses profound long-term risks to civilization and to the natural world." photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service It's ten years from now. Deliver the news, as it will be if no remedies are put in place, to Bettles Light and Power … Continue reading hottest year #clifi
laundry is intimate
So pluck the laundry off this line, and use that action to choreograph a memoir in which each frozen item of clothing takes us further into story. photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Take us to the arctic and give us the experience of being there.
Why Writers Should Use Twitter (and HOW to USE It Effectively)
For the last couple posts, we’ve been talking about how to use Twitter effectively. Too many writers are like Stormtroopers—lots of
shots fired tweets that hit NOTHING.
I can admit, when I got on Twitter (when it was invented) I didn’t get it. I would—KID YOU NOT—freak out when people I didn’t know followed me. WHAT? Are you, like, a stalker? Yes, I was missing the ENTIRE point of Twitter. Hey, we all start somewhere.
Do you have to do Twitter? No. No one will take you to writer jail because you didn’t. Is it wise to use Twitter? ABSOLUTELY.
I strongly recommend Twitter for two main reasons. First, couple Twitter with a good/consistent blog and this is your best formula to go viral. Secondly, Twitter helps us find READERS (and helps readers find US).
We will rarely go viral from Facebook because the nature of…
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Who lives here? Who swims here? Write their story, teach us how to believe this pool is just perfect. photo: Jonathan Hogue Start with the summer afternoon when someone decided to fill the empty milk bottles and put them to use. Take us through the days to winter, convince us it was a good idea to … Continue reading who would?