For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter @ebszabo here’s what you missed last week. Hope you enjoy:
“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’ #CassandraClare #WritersBlock: There’s no better cure than #BadLove. try it
“Syllables govern the world” #JohnSelden What this means for #grammar is anyone’s guess, but it does explain a lot #write #rules #breakrules
“I’ll do that before I leave for France” #LorenDoucette #WritingPrompt Write the #50WordStory #ParaFiction #FlashFiction
#Whatif? #RandallMunroe #SeriousScientificAnswerstoAbsurdHypotheticalQuestions Writing Prompt: pick 1 and build #story #specfiction
Place defines us. Who lives here? Select one resident and evoke them by showing how place inhabits them #characters
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Change begins with a good idea, written well. “In a gentle way you can shake the world” #MohandasGandhi #Ghandi #WriteForChange #WriteForGood
#Parallels #ManyStoriesOneWorld #NPR #Astrology #SuperScience “a judicious mix between destiny + self-effort” HSHande
A real wolf is bound to show up sooner or later. Write the wait and make that the story. #WritingPrompt #CreativeWriting #FlashFiction
give sheep a chance #ExcellentSheep #NationalGeographic #BBCNews just sayin
In 150 words, write what is left after the destruction of all else.
Begin here: “But now we are lit from within…”
photo: Rob Wood, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
“Evidence of animal sentience is everywhere” Psychology Today
Write a 200 word portrait of this relationship:
Begin with “There’s something you need to know”
Select a departure point and destination on a map, then put two people on a bus – chart their geographic progress as they navigate their relationship. How does being in a restricted space limit what they can say? How does the changing scenery propel them into the past? How are they changed by this journey? Who are they when the bus stops at their destination? What have they lost – or gained?
In story, sometimes it’s easier to convey change when the characters are literally traveling from one point to another.
All stories must come to an end. Whether short story (up to approximately 7,500 words), or novel (approximately 60,000 words or more).
For Animal Farm the end came at 29,966 words, for Madame Bovary 117,963 words, and for War and Peace 544,406 words (for more word counts go to PWxyz)
Regardless of how many words it takes, don’t end a story because you’ve run out of ideas.
In art as in life, the ending is in the beginning. A great end, whether tragic or happy, provokes and inspires.
Write the end of a story that began here:
photo: Jim Willis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
When you are done writing the end, write the beginning.
list all you’ve lost in your lifetime.
list all you’ve found.
join them: lost found lost found lost found lost found…..
photo: Titus Tscharntke
all that we’ve lost and found becomes the textured backdrop for the stories we live and tell, and think we don’t tell.
When you write, be mutinous.
If you’re not afraid, or insecure, or filled with foreboding, it’s probably because you’re obeying too many rules.
“Grammar is a piano I play by ear.” Joan Didion Essays & Conversations
Find the pace and sound that’s indigenous to you and use it.