I’m neither passionately for it nor furiously against it, yet I’m expected to analyze its artistic devices and how they affect the content. Four pages dedicated to mediocrity, due at 8am.
Furthermore, how do I take a man seriously as a professor when he provides me with two, such exhausting, choices of poetry that I want for nothing more than the end of days or to abandon my post in the literary sphere in a desperate attempt to save my artistic soul? Does anyone here have a favorite poem I can read online? I need to shake this off. Anyone?
^^ My title rhymes :)
Being a dude who wants to attempt to pursue a career in televsion writing, I can honestly say it bums me out when I see all these reblogs of quotes from television and movies floating around the interweb with no real credit being given…
We can only appreciate in admiration and hope that, at the very least, they get laid a lot. All about the karma.
A strange sense of nostalgia overcame me yesterday, resulting in an urge to go garage sale shopping this summer in the hopes of finding a fantastic old typewriter and a Polaroid camera. Because what better way to write? And perfection in the form of instant photos on a road trip would be the most perfect sort of perfection. These things, like my ward’s Austrian armoire, built in 1846, have such character, character that society’s been gradually replacing with cheap standards and efficiency. It occurred to me that the character of each generation can be seen, heard, felt, in the markings on their tables and the pops in their records, and with a heavy heart, I sighed for the standardized blandness that has taken the place of imperfections which shaped the past. I sighed for the assembly line art that sells the death of a generation’s individuality. How fiercely in need we are of a renaissance! Those old things, this intricately handmade piece of furniture, they make my heart flutter. So I decided to snoop through a piece of an old woman’s history (with permission, of course). The waft of musky air that surprised me when I opened the doors with the slim skeleton key was like the euphoric aroma of an old book. It was the smell of 19th century Europe, the wood shavings on a craftsman’s floor in Vienna. It made me cry. For the way things were, for the way things are, and for the beauty that will be lost to the past, that future generations will never get to enjoy. In the midst of all my musing, as I was running my fingers over the carpenter’s red-painted initials and wondering who he was and if he had a family and if they appreciated his talent and finally picturing them happy around a dinner table he carved with his own bare hands, laughing and loving, what should catch my eye but an old Polaroid, still functioning, with film and all, and I was back in 21st century America, capturing a moment, a feeling, history. His. Hers. Mine. Instant gratification with the flash of a bulb.
As Gertrude Stein wrote, “a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” Instead of roses, I hope you all take this long weekend to stop and smell the things we sometimes forget to appreciate. Don’t take the little moments for granted. ♥
1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.
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Every day I scour the internet looking for articles on writing that are helpful to me as a beginning writer. When I find something, I will share it over Twitter.
Each Friday I will post what I call a Link Round-up of all the useful articles I’ve found over the past week.
Once again, I found some really great links this week. Hopefully, a little something for everyone.
Today I want to talk about an important part of novel writing: the three-act structure.
It may sound like a boring topic but if you want to learn about the real craft of writing, you have to learn about story structure. Why? Because the further your story deviates from structure, the less likely you will be able to connect with your readers.
When you are just starting a new project, one of the first things you must decide is which point of view to use.