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Enter Jim Kelly

 
Enough with the mystery already, here’s the BIG reveal!  The subject of my book project is the late actor/martial artist Jim Kelly.  For those not familiar with Jim Kelly, he was one of the most prominent African American action stars of the 1970’s.  His most well-known film is the 1973 action classic Enter the Dragon, in which he starred alongside genre icon Bruce Lee.  Although Enter the Dragon was not his film debut, most aficionados regard it as such.  That’s because Enter the Dragon established his action chops with authority, so much so he came close to stealing the show from Bruce Lee (no easy feat).  From the moment Kelly appears onscreen, he exudes an undeniable presence and charisma.  He balances being a likeable hero, and an individual not to be taken lightly.

John Beemer's picture

Breaking the Rules

Rules are meant to be broken, as the saying goes. With writing, especially creative writing, this is often the case. Endlessly avoiding the wrath of the grammar police can limit artistic expression, preventing you from exploring the richness of the written word. It’s also boring. That said, I’m not endorsing sloppy English or ignorance of grammar. As a writer, you have to know the rules in order to break them effectively. Whenever you intentionally flout the rules, you should be prepared to defend your choice from proofreaders and critics who are more than happy to leap at the chance to correct you. We can look at some famous examples to see just how so-called “errors” can be art.

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Amos Ballesteros's picture

May the Fourth Be With You

We have come upon a hallowed time for my people this last Monday. Most of you will think that I’m talking about Cinco De Mayo but you would be wrong. I’m talking about May the Fourth… and yes I did say that it was a hallowed day for my people. (Nerd level: epic) Those people that I speak of are the ones that are preordering tickets as we speak for the next Star Wars movie and if you listen intently enough you can probably still hear the hum of light sabers being tested for the camp out on opening night. I only bring up the holy grail of nerd-dom to share with you something that may affect your writing. I’m talking about prequels and sequels.

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Jim Blanton's picture

First Steps

Last week our Transformational Editor facilitator Suzanne Gochenouer kindly met with me to talk about my writing project.  Suzanne knew I was switching from a fiction to non-fiction project, so I asked her for advice on where to begin.  I had formed preliminary thoughts on the structure of my book based on others I’ve read, but never having traveled this path before it’s nice to have an informed second opinion.  Suzanne gave me helpful advice, and essentially I’ve settled on a structure that will be part history/biography and part film criticism.  We discussed multiple ways to take this structure, and our conversation expanded my thinking a great deal.

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Amos Ballesteros's picture

Fight Him in the Face!

I’m a guy, and as such there are certain prerequisites in books and movies that I need to consider them good. One of the first things that I like in my books and movies is depth. I love when a movie or a novel makes me think because then it becomes a justified source of entertainment. Another one of those “must haves” is action. I know it sounds like a bit of a stereotype, but I love me some good action! I adore visualizing a fight scene or explosion from a good book, or even something as simple as a well-timed slap to the face.

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Multimedia Brainstorming

During my earliest attempts at writing I considered myself author, illustrator, and sometimes narrator. The first story I recall having written, “The Ghost Hatch,” was modelled after the old read-alongs that used to come with the small records – you would know when it was time to turn the page when you heard the beep. I drew pictures for each page and narrated the events on cassette tape to create an entire multimedia experience.
 
My mother said she enjoyed it.
 

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Clean Reader

I’m taking a break this week from discussing my writing project, to highlight a new app that introduces an interesting twist to the reading experience.  The app is called Clean Reader, and in a nutshell it alters the text displayed when reading ebooks.

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

Trying New Things

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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Punctuation Matters

One of the best books I’ve read on writing recently is Noah Lukeman’s A Dash of Style. If you read it, you won’t find much about character, plot, or other common subjects for writing guides. Instead, Lukeman examines an aspect of writing most of us take for granted: punctuation. Despite their frequency, those little marks tend to slip beneath the radar for readers, and even some writers carelessly jot them down, hoping the proofreader will polish their usage.

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Amos Ballesteros's picture

In Process

One can only accomplish things with deep determination and focus, right? Wrong! One can accomplish things by various different methods. The most widely used method is probably determination and focus though. My point, however obscure at the moment, is that when it comes to the odd lot that we call writers, there is always an individual process. Writers are a strange sort of creature that, crazily enough, live and work outside of the parameters that drive most people. Our artistic side demands certain criteria be met before we embark on any task no matter how big or small.

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