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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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Ryan Henry's picture

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.
 

Jim Blanton's picture

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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Ryan Henry's picture

"Write on Schedule"

One evening during my freshman year of college, when I began to write “seriously,” I sat in a folding chair in my mother’s garage. Pecking away at my portable word processor all night long, I hammered out a solid H. P. Lovecraft pastiche short story. Likely it was called “The Eldritch Mystery of Unfathomable Cyclopean Monstrosities” or something of that nature. Depending on copious amounts of caffeine, nicotine, and youthful energy, I toiled for an uninterrupted twelve hours. At the end of my work, I collapsed in the center of the living room and slept until mid-afternoon.

Jim Blanton's picture

The Mentor

 

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Helpful Websites

For this blog, I decided to talk about some helpful websites.  As a writer, I often find myself struggling for inspiration, the right word, or even insight on comma usage (that last one is a big issue for me.)  Whenever I get stuck, I turn to the Internet.  The sites listed below have a ton of wonderful information that is both informative and useful.  Hopefully you find them helpful too.
 
When you can’t find the right word: