Month: June 2014

Writing Guidelines…What you do with what you learn

Originally posted on I came for the soup…:
? A few weeks back I said that I would post my “rules” or “Guidelines” for writing. I have four and they are very helpful and freeing when I take time to actually reference them and apply them to my work. Just a bit of background about how these Guidelines came to be.  A few years back my eldest sister created a creative writing workshop book. I was her guinea pig. There were several workshops that I still use today. One of them that I really enjoyed was where I had to gather images that reminded me of the fictional worlds I was was creating and post them around the area that I was writing in and to see how seeing these images influenced my work. Great. The other workshop was to make a list of 4 of my favorite authors, find a quote of theirs that spoke about their writing process, and from there, come up with 4 guidelines that I could follow to help me…

Rules versus Mighty Revelation

I have, since I can remember, held firm to the belief that in any form of art, one must know the rules before they can properly break them. Being a person that is still learning to go through the process of things, I find that I often remind myself of this truth; learn the rules and then break them. Break them through revelation. In art, in writing, there are set rules for the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s.’ Why does this color go with this one? Why must I tone my canvas before starting to paint? Why do I need to be concerned with first person narrative verses third person? You get the drift. Creating, and being good at it, involves knowledge but it also includes a great level of instinct. Both go hand in hand. Rules will only take you so far but instinct powered by Revelation can take you to heights you never dreamed of. So what is the difference between the two; Rules and Revelation? RULE:  principle governing conduct: an authoritative principle set forth …

Writing Prompt 2: All I Need

Writing Prompt: All I need TIME LIMIT: 20-25min (Give yourself and additional 3 to 5 min for parts 1 and 2. The less time you have the more honest you will be with your answers.) CHALLENGE:  Imagine it is the end of the world as you know it. (You can take this figuratively or literally…its your world after all.) You have limited time to flee to safety and you have limited space. You can only carry up to 5 of the most important things you will need to survive. NO MORE THAN 5. What is it that you will carry with you? RULES: Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you would NOT be able to survive without. Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you ABSOLUTELY DON’T NEED AT ALL.  Trash the list under point 1. Now take the list of Absolutely unnecessary items and write a poem/short short story about why you or your character just can’t live in a world without these 5 items. …