Emily Dickinson at a Writing Workshop

This is priceless. The blog of Writers Write, a program offering writing courses in South Africa, has posted a draft of one of Emily Dickinson’s poems with feedback from her (fictional) instructor.

Here is the link:

http://writerswrite.co.za/what-if-emily-dickinson-attended-a-writing-workshopProgram

I wonder whether Emily would have returned to the workshop, kept on with her writing and continued to believe in herself? Hope that ink wasn’t red!

 

Confessions #2

Joe at 5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months has written another humorous and honest post about writing characters with emotional authenticity (my paraphrase). Thanks Joe, for your reflection and for motivating me in developing my own characters!

5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months

Joe’s Post # 51

After the post about writing sex scenes, I realized that I may have another problem. A bigger one. (Stop giggling!)

Maybe the challenge with writing sizzling sex scenes is connecting to the actual EMOTION of the scene. 

Oh, boy. Emotions… that’s ah, feelings, right? I think so. 

It’s not that I don’t feel things. If I cut my finger, it hurts and that’s a feeling, isn’t it? If it’s cold, I feel cold. See… feelings. I have them.

Manga_emotions-ENOk, I know there’s more. I certainly feel more. Guilt. Sorrow. Happiness. Anger. Hate. Love. Usually I have all those emotions on a drive into town. Or after a good taco. But I know if there’s one thing I need to work on when writing, it’s living inside the emotional being that is my character. 

Oddly enough, it seems that we don’t live our real lives by…

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Been Away, Been Here, Been There

I admit that I’ve been away from this Blog. However, I have not been out of the country, away at my country home (don’t have one), or unavailable. No. It is the end of the summer quarter, and my head has been filled with other people’s writing and writing problems. Not a bad thing, but it means that there hasn’t been much room in my head for my writing or my writing problems. Funny, I’ve missed the challenges of my novel. I’ve missed the challenges of revising a poetry manuscript – make that 2 manuscripts. Not things I thought I’d miss, but…..

In 1 1/2 weeks, I’ll be back to my own writing and its challenges and joys, mountaintops and deep sea dives. And I’m looking forward to it!

Make them suffer

Suffer Our Pleasures
Suffer Our Pleasures (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I love this post by Joe Cummings on 5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months about creating obstacles for your characters.

 

Make them suffer.

 

And I can’t wait to read the next post by one of these writers. They get right to the point and they do it with clear, precise and humor-filled writing.

 

Thanks guys!

 

Beast Crawl 2013 – Saturday July 6th

The Beast with 3 legs is coming to Oakland on Saturday July 6th. It’s the second annual Beast Crawl, a literary festival held in various venues the Uptown district – plus two after parties!

I’m reading poetry during the 1st leg at 5pm at Hutch Bar & Kitchen on Telegraph with Pandemonium Press.

Here’s a link to our flyer:

BeastCrawlFlyer

English: Aerial view of city of Oakland, Calif...
English: Aerial view of city of Oakland, California. Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt in center, Laney College to the right of that, Downtown Oakland right below the lake, Interstate 580 on left, Interstate 980 on bottom, Oakland Inner Harbor Channel and Government Island in upper right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)