Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Noun

A Noun

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Soul Sister

Creation engulfed me:

Packaged my soul
wrapped it in milky white;

The skin fragile,
like snow on cedar trees
And made me human.

No longer weightless,
gravity pulls down
tugs at the stitching—–

The structure of myself.

Walking ugly steps,
I trip over careless limbs;

I hide my face from
wishing for beauty

Cursing my lack of grace.

Fragility of self ignored
the shell cracks;

Sweat bursts from pores
as flesh trembles,
causing tears to

To you I am meager,
almost invisible

As sheer as gossamer——

An undone ghost.

Remember the beginning:

Once I was infinite,
all stardust and dreams
and pure endlessness.

More than a girl——-

I was boundless energy;
I was matter made manifold.

More than mere bones;
I am and was the Soul.

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Suzanne Collins: On Writing

Suzanne Collins: On Writing

One night, I was lying in bed, and I was channel surfing between reality TV programs and actual war coverage. On one channel, there’s a group of young people competing for I don’t even know; and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting in an actual war. I was really tired, and the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way. That’s the moment when Katniss’s story came to me.
Whatever age you’re writing for, the same rules of plot, character, and theme apply. You just set up a world and try to remain true to it. If it’s filled with cuddly animated animals, chances are no one’s going to die. If it’s filled with giant flesh-and-blood rats with a grudge, there’s going to be violence.
I’ve learned it helps me to work out the key structural points before I begin a story. The inciting incident, acts, breaks, mid-story reversal, crisis, climax, those sorts of things.
I’ll know a lot of what fills the spaces between them as well, but I leave some uncharted room for the characters to develop. And if a door opens along the way, and I’m intrigued by where it leads, I’ll definitely go through it.
The more distractions I have to deal with before I actually begin writing, the harder focusing on the story becomes. Then I work until I’m tapped out, usually sometime in the early afternoon. If I actually write three to five hours, that’s a productive day.
Some days all I do is stare at the wall. That can be productive, too, if you’re working out a character.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol.
I’m not a very fancy person. I’ve been a writer a long time, and right now ‘The Hunger Games’ is getting a lot of focus. It’ll pass. The focus will be on something else. It’ll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine.
Destroying things is much easier than making them.
[The Hunger Games is] very much based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, which I read when I was eight years old. I was a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythology. As punishment for displeasing Crete, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown into the labyrinth and devoured by the Minotaur, which is a monster that’s half man and half bull. Even when I was a little kid, the story took my breath away, because it was so cruel, and Crete was so ruthless.
Suzanne Collins is a television writer and novelist. She is the author of The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy. Collins was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010. In March 2012, Amazon announced that Collins was the best-selling Kindle author of all time. She has also written 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle ebooks.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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The Writing Café: Character Development: The Witty Character

The Writing Café: Character Development: The Witty Character

~ The Writing Café answers the following question: 

Any advice on writing a character who is good at arguing and making comebacks? I lack wit myself, and I tend to back away from arguments, so I am awful when it comes to roleplaying/writing these kinds of characters and would like to get better.

* Visit the website to see their advice.

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Literary Style: 15 Writers and Their Bedrooms

Literary Style: 15 Writers and Their Bedrooms

~ The Writer’s Write blog gives you a glimpse into the sleeping quarters of some of literature’s most iconic faces. 

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” To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.”

~ George Orwell 

” To write or e…

A Library’s Best Kept Secret

A Library's Best Kept Secret

(via uispeccoll:)

This is one example of a fore-edge painting from a four volume set of scientific books which are divided by season. Each has a landscape painting of the season hidden until you begin to read it and bend the pages to turn them.

The book featured:

Autumn; or; The causes, appearances, and effects of the seasonal decay and decomposition of nature, 1837. By Robert Mudie.

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