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 Goodreads.com) 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.
An interesting perspective on words at play.
One of the most influential voices of our time whose poetry and words have inspired and empowered so many is Maya Angelou. It is no exaggeration to describe her as being a phenomenal woman. She was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement while her poetry speaks of quiet resolve and determination that every individual, regardless of race, gender or lot in life, be acknowledged as fundamental to the validity of our nation's promise of freedom for all.
A favorite blog of mine, Brain Pickings, devotes an article to Ms. Angelou's poem, Phenomenal Woman, which was published in her famous book, Still I Rise. Listen to Ms. Angelou give voice to her poem as you read her words and know that she is, indeed, the epitome of a phenomenal woman.
’Cause I’m a woman
Alliteration alienates amateurs.
Definitely different dynamics.
Ingenious iguanas improvising an intricate impromptu on impossibly-impractical instruments.
Nine nimble noblemen nibbling nuts.
Round the rough and rugged rock the ragged rascal rudely ran.
She sells sea shells by the seashore.
Three thin thinkers thinking thick thoughtful thoughts.
I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought. If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought so much.
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.
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.
Words are of great interest to me. I’m an admitted bookworm and possibly a biblioholic not to mention a librocubicularist.
I’m more apt than not to read while in bed which is referred to (although apparently rarely) as a librocubularist otherwise known as someone who reads in bed. (My excuse for reading in bed is that I am forced to do so. In large part due to a disability preventing me from sitting longer than 30 minutes. To avoid pain I periodically lay down to read in order to give my tailbone region a break.)
Interestingly, there seems to be a bit of controversy regarding the validity of the word, librocubularist, mainly due to its absence in most dictionaries. This hardly seems fair since in the last few decades words one would never expect to be in a dictionary eventually end up being added as a word. An example is the word hopefully. At one time it was considered to be incorrect. One could be hopeful but could never find themselves hopefully anticipatory.
I believe it should be fine to use librocubularist due to the fact that sooner or later if used enough by sufficient people, it will be added to dictionaries. Why not live life on the edge? The bleeding edge which in my case are due to paper cuts.
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