Tagged: creativity

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There’s no story unless something is out of place

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. Octavia E. Butler Continue sharing some critique on my books. First one, for my debut #ya novel Dulcinea and The Death Code.  1. I think, overall, I would simplify the beginning more, shorten it,...

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A drop of ink may make a million think…

Frank Prem, in his last newsletter, asked: Do you consider yourself to be a poetry reader, and if so, what sort of poetry do you find interesting to read? Where do you find it? Yes, I am a poetry reader. My first book was a poetry book about animals. I couldn’t read it (yet), but I memorized it (when my parents read it to me), so everybody thought that I...

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Writing is a lot like making soup…

Writing is not just a process of creation. It is also a process of self-discovery. Cristina Istrati Working on the final revision (before sending to editor #1) of Damn Ray Reviews. Check ‘table of contents’.  Introduction “Idaho”, Emily Ruskovich “Big Magic: creative living beyond fear”, Elizabeth Gilbert “Hot Milk”, Deborah Levy “Here I am”, Jonathan Safran Foer “Ripples on the pond”, Sebnem E. Sanders “Born a crime”, Trevor Noah “The Book...

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“The Pearl Territory”, ch 13 – Alexis

Alexis – #privatejournal  Sexual guilt, anxiety, depression… I am free from all of that crap. I left my soul in the respiratory for a year. Do I feel worse than I did before? Damn, no. Everyone who has left their soul at least once knows the drill – the feeling that “you” can never be “I”,” and that your spirit is not a good Samaritan who will fix your problems with...

“The Story Grid”, Shawn Coyne #takeawaykeys

What your characters say they are is NOT who they are… What they do is the key. Shawn Coyne 1. Think in 5 principles, the bricks for any successful story:  TIME, SUBSTANCE, STYLE, STRUCTURE, CONTENT. 2. Learn your genre – there’s a great collection (with examples) of differences between each genre. I can’t mention them all (only some), but read further or go, grab the book! 3. Your hero. If...

Dare to be – short story #scifi #romance

Time: 2099 Heroes: Kanslan – female (means “feeling” in Swedish) Skrecken – male (means “fear, terror” in Swedish) Djuret – male (means “animal” in Swedish) or Känslan/Skräcken/Djuret Place: Imorgon – city (means “Tomorrow” in Swedish) New words to check: Trunk – bed Jen – a memory pod for uploading thoughts/images Nimbus – radiance around the body Palaver – some kind of council Scanner – installs to scan personal compatibility Ward –...