Writing Links Round Up 2/20-2/25

Here are last weeks writing links that I tweeted out.

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Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

~Buddha

Including Background Scenery

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I write a lot of first person. That means that I use “I” a lot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but because I’m so concerned about my story’s action getting out that I tend to forget to put sufficient background into my story. You know that old writer’s maxim = Show don’t tell? Well I am forever telling.

Not good.

Background scenery is what literally grounds your scene. It allows your readers to visualize themselves right alongside you in your story.  And it is absolutely necessary.

So how is this done?

For me, I go ahead and write my “I” story. I don’t worry about details in the first draft. I just get the storyline out of my head.

Then I go back and work my way through my five senses:

  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Feel
  • Hear

I ask myself questions for each sense. What did I see? What unique…

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Writing Links Round Up 2/13-2/18

Here are last weeks writing links that I tweeted out.

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If people who cherish freedom

If people who cherish freedom, who know the importance of mutual respect and are aware of the imperative necessity to establish a constructive and critical debate, if these people are not ready to speak out, to be more committed and visible, then we can expect sad, painful tomorrows. The choice is ours.

~Tariq Ramadan

Writing Links Round Up 2/6-2/11

Here are the writing links I tweeted out last week.

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

~Steve Jobs

My January 2017 Book Reviews

Here are my book reviews for January 2017.

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Writing Links Round Up 1/30-2/4

Here are last weeks writing links that I tweeted out.

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Writing is a Kind of Double Living

Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.

~Catherine Drinker Bowen