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Audacity

We are seeking contributions to a very special zine, Audacity, which is being put together in this tumbledown world of ours.  The topic for second edition is truth…

I suppose people will be asking: what are we going to do with all this creative truth? The answer is simple…

Audacity may well be a zine, and completely pro-bono, but it will be freely distributed across the world in electronic form. Call it a showcase, call it an anthology, call it a collection. Call it what you may, we’re going to take this inspiration, this creativity, this hope, and we’re going to add a little magic and set it free on the winds. Where it belongs.

Sometimes people only need the faintest glimmer to get their hearts racing again. That and a little audacity…

Source: Audacity

Posted in Authors, Creativity, How To, Learning, Thought, Words, Writing

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 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.

HANNAH BRENCHER: This is a blog for go-getters & do-gooders visit HannahBrencherCreative.com

“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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Jennie Crusie’s Basics of Writing Fiction

Jennie Crusie’s blog on “The Basics of Writing Fiction” is an awesome resource freely provided — at no cost. Who does that?

So, here are the basic ingredients of a story — think recipe — with links to Jennie Crusie’s posts on each topic.

Story Ingredients

Most everyone knows a protagonist is one of the main ingredients of a story. Without an antagonist would there even be a story? Jennie Crusie’s discussion on Character and Conflict details how each of these elements build on each other. An explanation of the difference between conflict and trouble is offered to clear murky thinking on the matter.

Which is better? External or internal conflict? Can or should both elements be a part of a story? A specific and concrete goal drives the protagonist and furthers the storyline.

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Jennie Crusie will next discuss motivation and identity:

Oct. 12: Motivation and Identity

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Phenomenal Woman

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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

Posted in Words, Writing

A Word Play Day

Alliteration alienates amateurs.

Definitely different dynamics.

Ingenious iguanas improvising an intricate impromptu on impossibly-impractical instruments.

Words Playing

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.