Month: August 2010

The Process as a Process

There is a lot of focus on the process of writing as being the important element of writing. That when you’re creating, it’s all about the process, not the product that’s there at the end. You have to enjoy it while you’re in the middle of it, as a writer, otherwise: What’s the point. Professional…

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Weather and Writing

William Wordsworth wrote this wonderful poem called “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”)–and all of the emotions he felt while walking out in nature. He was inspired by the wind and the clouds, and the peace that they produced. Wordsworth is commonly considered one of the early conservationists, concerned with nature…

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Mentor of the Month: Justin Cronin: The Summer Guest and The Passage, a small critique on repetition

One of the things that writers are warned against is repetitiveness: Don’t repeat words too often if you’re not going for an effect. Don’t be repetitive in how you structure your sentences. Don’t start too many sentences or paragraphs with the same word. Don’t you see what I did there? (Hee hee. But it doesn’t…

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Finished vs Completed

In Jack Canfield’s (of Chicken Soup fame) The Success Principles he discusses the difference between finishing and completing. *Yes, I read self-help books occasionally. Quiet. The argument goes something like this: finishing something is not the same as completing it. Basically, you can finish a novel and put all the words on paper and print…

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Mentor of the Month: Justin Cronin: Taking Your Time and Character Motivation

I’m currently reading Cronin’s Mary and O’Neil, which is his first published collection of stories. The stories are interconnected and revolve around these two characters and their relationship–and that of their family and friends. One thing that has been going through my mind now that I’ve been exposed to Cronin’s ‘know what your characters don’t…

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Progress

After the Great Writing Race of 2010, I felt rather disappointed in my performance. Yes, sometimes life gets in the way, and a great many of the obstacles that presented themselves during the contest (husband’s lack of job, my overworking my own job) have resolved themselves at last! Hip, Hip, Hooray! But still…one of the…

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