Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Multiple (writing) partners

In Writing on April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I’ve been in Boston for more than two years now, and in that time I’ve met a number of people in various writing groups and workshops. And yet I’ve never joined up with one of them myself.

It’s not that I have anything against the process, exactly — I found my workshops in school to be extremely helpful, and it’s always good to have an unbiased audience for your work — but I’ve still never felt all that compelled to commit myself to a writing group outside of academia.

Maybe I just haven’t found the right fit yet, but for the time being I think I prefer writing in a vacuum, waiting to show my work until its finished according to my own tastes and standards.

Still I wonder: Not counting the blog-o-sphere as a writing group, how many people are in one?

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In a perfect world…

In Writing on April 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’ve posted a few writing exercises, but so far no straight up story prompts, so today I thought I would do exactly that!

Line art representation of a Quill

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Imagine a perfect world. No one suffers, no one wants for anything, and no one sees any way in which the world could be improved. Now pretend you’re a writer in this world (if you think writers would even exist) and write the kind of story you think that writer would write. What would the story be about? Does it serve any function?

Get creative and try to keep to a 1000 word limit. When you’re done, comment with your story or a link to it.

Next week, I’ll choose a few and post them (with credits, of course) in a follow-up post!

Defeating writer’s block: You gotta have faith

In Writing on April 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

Every writer will find him or herself, now and then, faced with the dilemma of not knowing what to write. Monthly, weekly, maybe even daily, we face bouts of writer’s block of varying severity — but whether it’s just a five-minute blank or a month-long drought, the means of overcoming it is simple: you gotta have faith.

Faith (George Michael song)

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I’m not talking about George Michael’s soul-stirring*, life-affirming, guilty-pleasuring (that sounds wrong) 80s hit — I’m talking about the belief that, no matter what, no matter how blocked you may be, you will always, in the end, come up with something incredible to put on the page. Read the rest of this entry »