It's fascinating and freeing to allow yourself to follow where creativity leads. Meditation breaks down that very thin membrane between the conscious and the subconscious. And let's face it, the subconscious is where all the interesting stuff happens.
How do you go about creating content that's not only good, but also catches people's attention and makes them want to learn more?
I write because that's what I love to do. I am a professional writer. And if given an assignment, I can write about just about anything. But blogging? That's different.
If people believe they are meant to do one thing in life, they obviously haven't met Bud Santora. The former costume designer went on to be a book illustrator and now has penned his first novel.
While the inmates wrote of the ways I'd helped them, they were helping me: my essay and their responses were a conduit, a bridge connecting their world and mine. Writing transcended prison walls. The incarcerated women ignited a spark I thought had left my life when I lost my teaching position.
How many times do we pass up opportunities to be with the ones who need us, or the ones we need, because we are on our way somewhere, focused on a task that lay ahead, or exhausted from one that lay behind? And how much life and love do we miss on account of that?
Kind of like kids knowing they need to eat their veggies, authors know the importance of a well-crafted bio, but that still doesn't mean they like writing one.
This forceful call for more forceful writing is misguided; adverbs can be phonetically pleasing, can imbue sentences with subtlety, and should not be entirely shunned.
During my writer's journey, I've come across an interesting question that I think every writer (and non-writer) can relate to: what makes something or someone authentic?
Errant positioning of modifiers can lead to ambiguity or, far worse, an outright distortion of your meaning.
I got one of my best lessons in writing characters in fiction long ago in a basic theater class. Actors learn that character motivations shift from moment to moment (often should shift on every line), but that the motivations are all linked.
Surveying the reconfigured talk show landscape, I became annoyed that everybody gets to do a monologue but me. After all, I have hilarious thoughts as...
The River's Song is Jacqueline Bishop's first novel. She is also the author of two collections of poems, Fauna and Snapshots from Istanbul.
It is hard to feel that early confidence as a writer when the story is still developing or if one is undergoing healing. But once the story gets underway and the themes of one's story are crystal clear, it's time to see the author as a character in a movie.
If you want to connect with readers, you need to search for and follow readers. This isn't rocket science. Targeting other random authors you don't know to do your promotion for you is ineffective.
At 34, I already feel like I've been dating my whole life. At 11, if you're lucky, you don't realize how long life is. How long you get to be an adult. How quickly childhood, which at the time seems interminable, becomes a memory. A really sweet dream.