How I Write

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

My seven (7) Organizational Points for Writing a Novel: 1) Time, 2) Time Graph, 3) Computer, 4) Number of Words, 5) Character Graph, 6) Set or Location Graph & 7) Notes File — What You Probably Don’t Want to Know: but I’m going to tell you anyway (advanced writers may skip this part) I am [...]

Sound and Meaning…

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Sound and Meaning in Narrative and Dialog “As a little consideration will readily show, language exists on two levels.  There is the level of sounds, of which a limited set exists in any particular language, and which may be represented by a writing system.  The sound and shape of words is the most basic foundation [...]

On the Use of Stream-of-Consciousness

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

In Milton A. Cohen’s book about the paintings and poetry of E.E. Cummings[1], PoetandPainter,[2] chapter on “Seeing Around” Form, “Seeing Around” Poetic Structure, page 139, he states: “As the speaker’s mind jumps nervously from one thought to the next (he suffers from insomnia as well as anxiety), his fragmented thoughts move in and out of [...]

Essay on Poetic Framing

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Part One. Finding and Using The Poetic Frame   The poetic canvas is the blank page which contains three frames. Poets commonly consider only two frames, when they should be utilizing all three; in particular, the third frame. In all of art, the painting or writing to or off the edge is discouraged as a [...]

What is real about ‘keeping it real?’

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

‘Real’ is always illusory.  It is that moment in time that you inhabit.  Whether conscious or in a dream-state if you ‘are there’, if you ‘are present’ the moment is or seems real.  In essence what the brain perceives, is real.  It exists and remains so unless some discernment or benchmark allows the perception to [...]

The Novel In A Paragraph

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The essential structure and elements of the paragraph are illustrative of the structure of the novel. Each small paragraph repeats its essence. Just as the paragraph is primarily a group of sentences whose single topic is to be wrung dry before it closes (unless the topic requires the fullness of development over several paragraphs) the [...]

Essay Writing: Secret Revealed

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

SECRET FORMULA REVEALED– One of my great difficulties with academia is what I call ‘keeping the secret’. Often there is a specific way of doing things in academia, in this case writing essays. More often than not each professor has individual criteria for the work turned in and this makes it difficult for any student [...]

Entering the Dialogue of Inspiration

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Expression is a result of human action and interaction set against the limitations of the self either bottling up (not expressing) or out pouring the resultant feelings. Inspiration usually motivates expression; however some find it difficult to always access these motivations. When those moments occur, we can intelligently and creatively manufacture a vehicle (an artificial, arbitrary, [...]