Writing About: Torture

Posted on 04/30/2013 11:10:17 AM

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post is for literature purposes ONLY to help aspiring writers. I do not condone, support, or recommend torture in any way!  And if you need to act out what your characters do in this sort of scene, I feel it is my duty to tell you not to do it to another human being or ...

National Poetry Month

Posted on 04/20/2013 05:43:28 PM

The South Wind and other poems For National Poetry Month the Sunday Night Blog has posted a week of poems: https://rjptalk.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/national-poetry-month/  The South Wind found its inspiration in the work of Percy Shelly's Ode to the West Wind.  The "rjptalk" work reveals that ...

Writing About: A Party

Posted on 04/16/2013 10:52:04 AM

When we go to a party we look at the decorations, the food being served, the people who are attending and what they are wearing. And since characters are meant to be portrayed as real, I believe they should do the same thing if they go to a party whether it’s a birthday Party, Christmas party, ...

Revision & Rewriting - Where Talent Meets Effort or The Rubber Hits the Road

Posted on 04/15/2013 09:00:15 PM

Revision is not copy editing, although this is part of it. Every creative writing workshop instructor mentions this when she talks about revision. ‘Once you’ve read it over with an analytical eye,’ the instructor advises her students, ‘begin with a blank page and re-write.’ Yet ...

Rules For Writing: No Tears

Posted on 04/09/2013 10:54:51 AM

I’ve heard this rule that you should never write about tears. No “tears lingered on her lashes”, “a single tear fell down her cheek”, “tears blurred his vision”, etc. I’m sure you could come up with a thousand other versions that you’ve probably read ...

Rising above

Posted on 04/04/2013 01:55:02 PM

Two years ago, after amicably parting ways with my literary agent of four years, I decide to take destiny into my own hands and publish my books in eformat. I had a huge collection of completed and professionally edited novels and decided that publishing one every three months seemed feasible. So, that’s ...

Drawing Lines in the Dark

Posted on 04/03/2013 11:08:09 AM

by Owen JohnstonWalking alone at nightWith only lonely streetsTo keep me companyAs the moon lights my path.Who can sayWhat secrets layAround the corner orUndiscovered byHuman thought?What lines do I read between?What is there already -Hidden in plain sight?Inconspicuous -But NotInvisible.Omote and Ura ...

Spring Into a Classic With Sun Tzu and The Art of War

Posted on 04/03/2013 10:11:38 AM

It is sensational to look at an old classic book and find a modern use for it. There are thousands of books that make the list of classic treasures that students are forced to read throughout their educational careers. Some of those books stand the test of time and others do not. Some classics make me ...

How To Write A Fight

Posted on 04/02/2013 11:08:36 AM

Nothing is more thrilling than a fight whether it’s in a real life, on a movie screen, or in a book. But writing one is not nearly as easy as witnessing one. First, you’ll need to decide what kind of fight you want to write. There are four options you can choose from:   * hand-to-hand ...

Writing and Fishing

Posted on 04/01/2013 02:20:13 PM

I’m sitting on the dock this morning, my fishing rod baited with a shrimp, and hoping to catch some lunch, when a strange thought occurred to me. Fishing and becoming a successful author are similar activities.   When you’re fishing, you use bait to catch stuff and when you’re ...

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