Carl Sagan on the Magic of Books

The scientist, astronomer, and author, Carl Sagan, on the magic of books: “What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead forContinue reading “Carl Sagan on the Magic of Books”

George Saunders on Fiction

The wonderful thing about fiction: the meaning of a story is contained in the way it unscrolls, in the experience the reader has, phrase by phrase. Everything else—the analysis we tend to feel the need to do—is reductive (fun, but reductive). The reading experience, when you think about it, is so complex and lovely andContinue reading “George Saunders on Fiction”

50 things to keep in mind when writing (41-50)

Quick Mindful Tips 41.) Vivid moment – some reflection of moment by adult 42.) BE AWARE BUT DON’T LET IT CRIPPLE YOU! 43.) Each paragraph ratchets up tension 44.) Inhabit story – reader takes part in story 45.) Crisis is to Drama as Insight is to Memoir 46.) Narrative distance – description of time/space, bothContinue reading “50 things to keep in mind when writing (41-50)”

Put Life and Heart into Your Characters: Rosemary Altea Master Class | May 23 – Burlington Writers Workshop

Rosemary Altea, author of the New York Times bestseller The Eagle and the Rose, world renowned spiritual medium, healer, teacher, and lecturer will present a fascinating Burlington Writers Workshop (BWW) Master Class from 1 – 3 PM on Saturday, May 23. In this BWW Master Class, Rosemary will ask you to identify some event fromContinue reading “Put Life and Heart into Your Characters: Rosemary Altea Master Class | May 23 – Burlington Writers Workshop”

50 things to keep in mind when writing (31-40)

Quick Mindful Tips 31.) Sensory details 32.) Specific concrete language replaces summary abstraction 33.) Try to describe how story works, what it does, and how it is rendered. 34.) ASSUME NOBODY CARES! 35.) Is the writer in full control of the language 36.) Where does it go off the rails? 37.) What different choices inContinue reading “50 things to keep in mind when writing (31-40)”

50 things to keep in mind when writing (21-30)

Quick Mindful Tips 21.) Narrator as observer 22.) Camera held by you v. camera is on her 23.) Show don’t tell with concrete detail 24.) Overview – summary – recounts but doesn’t recreate 25.) Tone – use of language and voice to vividly render world 26.) Must move toward point of story 27.) Representative settingContinue reading “50 things to keep in mind when writing (21-30)”

50 things to keep in mind when writing (11-20)

Quick Mindful Tips 11.) When? 12.) Where? 13.) Why? 14.) How? 15.) Need the ending to write the beginning 16.) Revise as you figure out what it is about and what is integral to the story 17.) Construct a version of yourself that will work for the story 18.) Associative aspect – more essay-like thanContinue reading “50 things to keep in mind when writing (11-20)”

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