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A Writer’s Voice

I’m not a writer. Just an obsessed bookworm extremely interested in the creative process of writing. Having read over a thousand books through the last 3 years (See a writer’s voice is a new concept for me. I know about POV but this is entirely different. Follow the link at the end of this post for the rest of the story.

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“If the leaves danced then tell me they danced. If you slow danced in the kitchen then tell me the song. Tell me the tiny, delicate details that make this story your own.”

Hannah Brencher writes about a writer’s voice.

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Package of Perfection

For those of us who have inherited very few creative genes, mental exercises that help improve the likelihood of creative thought are essential. I stumbled (it didnt hurt — much) upon the following blog on Huffington Post by Kathy Nimmer. She offers this as a way to brainstorm a brainstorm.

A Creative Writing Exercise You Should Try

Kathy Nimmer writes:

On a recent visit to Elkhart Community Schools in northern Indiana, I had the pleasure of conducting a writing workshop with students taking English electives at Elkhart Memorial High School. After sharing the story of my writing life with them, I led them through one of my favorite creative writing exercises. Based off of a concept called “packaging” that I encountered probably twenty years ago while skimming a writing text (title unknown) and modified for my classroom, the steps go something like this:

1. Brainstorm every word or phrase you can think have related to a particular topic; we used “winter.”
2. In the brainstorm, be sure to harvest words from various subtopics such as weather, activities, holidays, foods, and the five senses.

You can read the rest of Kathy Nimmer’s post here.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

From Kristin Lamb’s blog:

“Dialogue is powerful for revealing character. This is as true in life as it is on the page. If people didn’t judge us based on how we speak, then business professionals would bother with Toastmasters, speaking coaches or vocabulary builders. I’d imagine few people who’d hire a brain surgeon who spoke like a rap musician and conversely, it would be tough to enjoy rap music made by an artist who spoke like the curator of an art museum.”

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Sorry to be away so long. Been a weird couple of weeks getting Spawn ready for the BIG K—Kindergarten. Uniforms and doctors and immunizations and vision/hearing tests (and yes, apparently he CAN hear, he is just ignoring us). I am still unaccustomed to so much quiet. For those who are curious, YES I was going to homeschool, but we found a super cool private school where he is in a class of TEN and he loves it. He was getting lonely and kept asking to go to school so he could be with other kids, so I figured we’d give it a shot. So far so good.

He is now Spawn, The Most Interesting Kid in the World….

The Most Interesting Kid in the World...

Back to writing…

Today we are going to talk about a subject that I don’t think I have ever blogged about. Dialogue. Great dialogue is one of the most vital components of…

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Write the Next Great American Novel

imageFor those who have dreamed of writing the next “Great American Novel” here are two tongue-in-cheek offerings which offer tips on getting that checked off your writer’s bucket list.

Jim Berle details  How To write the next Great American Novel
Below are bullet points from his essay.

  • Move out of Brooklyn.
  • Drop out of school.
  • Stop writing at Starbucks.
  • Adultery is passé.
  • Avoid using a child’s POV.
  • Stop wasting time on the Internet.
  • Don’t listen to anyone’s opinions.
  • Stop drinking and doing coke.
  • Enough with the anti-heroes already!
  • Never stop writing.

He concludes with:

“Everything in the world is trying to distract you from getting something on the page. Our own doubts about everything we do is crushing. Don’t let it crush you. No one has any idea what they’re doing. And even J. K. Rowling once lived in her car and her next book will probably be no good anyway. The Great American Novel is inside you, I just know it. Especially if you’re Canadian. Like the David statue in the stone, it’s up to you to release it. And then leave it on a window sill or the M train so I can steal it and take all the credit for it. Even the greatest writers died horrible deaths terribly alone. Try to enjoy it.”

Visit Jim’s web site for the full article. He’s sharp as a tack and funny besides.

From Huntington Post, Ester Bloom offers her two cents worth on the subject. Some suggestions for accomplishing this feat are surprising including:

  • Be a dude, ideally dead.
  • White and privileged is good.
  • Being a drunk is helpful
  • The only acceptable city settings are New York or Chicago.

You can read her article here.

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Low-Cost or No-Cost Book Promotion Tips

Via Girlfriends Book Club’s Maggie Marr:

“I’ve spent the last year attempting to learn as much as I can about book promotion. I’ve gone to seminars, conferences, and author groups. I’ve read articles, blog posts, and surveys. I’ve even done some of my own trial & error with number-crunching and analysis. All I can offer is info regarding book promo that seems to come up over and over and over again. Does it work? I believe, that over time, these five low-cost/no-cost book promotion tips can help you find new readers for your books.”

More here.