Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Haiku for the Writer's Soul

writing in the sand,

the salamander teases
castles into life

next generation
of words descending to earth
bends twigs to face sun

dragon-holders rise
to capture truth of meaning
stories flame from tongue

~~~rjm 2009

Now write me some of yours......

Write ANYTHING...with caveat

I belong to the 'learn writing by writing' school. The more you write the better you get at it. This leads, somewhat logically, to the idea that writing anything is good practice. And that's true. Almost.

Writing letters, blogs (duh!), journals, ads, reviews, even fan fiction can help you hone your writing skills. But not if you are just writing willy nilly. You have to be writing your best. Don't just cram words on a page, supposing that it will help you improve. Work at it. Select the right word. Polish the phrase so that it turns gracefully, or with force. If you're telling an anecdote about something that happened to you, enliven it with dialogue, capture the sound of the interaction and help your reader be in the moment. If you can't put the picture of the event in their head, what is the point of sharing the story?

Put another way, make this an exercise that really works your writing muscles; don't just mess around with words. If you do your best at any writing you do, personal or professional, you will be more satisfied and proud of the result and you will do better.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

More Creativity Tools

WEBook - TechCrunch Elevator Pitches

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If you 're interested in alternative publishing methods or working with writers on-line, check out the above. It's an explanation (or pitch) of the site WEBook. Of special interest is the tool page: 911 Writer's Block.

My daughter showed me this site, pointing first to the 911 Writer's Block page. It looks like a cool tool, and the site overall may be an interesting alternative. I haven't verified this yet, so I don't know how well it works. If anyone tries it out, let me know. What appeals to me about it is the cooperative effort similar to live writers' groups. If it lives up to its potential, this could be great.