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[Breakfast with the Muse] 4 Compelling Ways to Write Emotion

Posted by Jill Jepson on May 18, 2015 at 7:30am 3 Comments

One of the easiest things to write badly is emotion.

Long after a writer has learned to create interesting characters, construct strong plots, invent believable settings, and come up with convincing dialogue, she might still be writing sentences like, “Marissa felt really, really angry” or “Jake was happy as a clam.”

It wasn’t until multiple writing teachers had commented on my tendency to describe my characters’ feelings with boring words like “cheerful” and “depressed” that I began to make a serious study of how excellent writers depict emotions. What I found was that, while writing emotion may be easy to screw up, it’s also easy to fix, if you know a few simple techniques.

Here are four ways to depict emotion in your writing, with examples from some of the best writers…

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[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What makes you smile -- and why it matters

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on May 20, 2015 at 6:00am 1 Comment

It all began with a clarinet.

I played the clarinet when I was a girl, but after the audition for college orchestra went badly, I put the instrument away in a closet (a series of closets, actually), and didn’t touch it again for three decades.      

Then one day my friend Josh told me he was in a bind.  His daughter’s bat mitzvah was coming up, and he’d lovingly arranged a little piece for it.  But the clarinetist in the ensemble (age 12) had decided she didn’t want to play after all.  Could I fill in?

I…

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[REALITY CHECK] - What NOT to Do With a Podcast Guest - Catharine Bramkamp

Posted by Zetta Brown on May 19, 2015 at 11:37am 0 Comments

Last week, Catharine Bramkamp talked about how to book guests for your podcast.

Continuing with our mini-series on podcasting, this week, Catharine will address something that I'm sure causes any podcaster the flop sweats, embarrassment, and loss of face: how to handle--and avoid--disasters.…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] The Stories We Need to Tell

Posted by Ellen Bravo on May 15, 2015 at 5:00am 18 Comments

When I started the search for a publisher for Again and Again, a high-profile friend referred me to a big-name agent (we’ll call him Mr. Big). “He wants women writers,” she told me. “Your novel is just what he’s looking for.”

Mr. Big worked the old-fashioned way: no electronic submissions. As directed by his website, I sent a single-page query via snail mail. Six weeks later I got a one-paragraph reply in my mailbox asking for the first fifty pages, which I shipped immediately. Another six weeks went by before I got the request for the entire manuscript, and at least another six before I got a call from this agent’s assistant. “I loved your novel,” he said, “and so did my colleague, also a man. We’re sure the big guy will love it, too.” [Really, that’s what they called him.] “I…

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. these days .

are longer now, i feel younger now,

i am older. we do so many things.

we are no longer afraid.

make the best of summer days,

winter follows.

he remarked that it was

good enough for the

chelsea flower show.

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Put It In Front Of You

Put it in front of you…your goals, your dreams, your desire-write them down. Take your time as you write them- as you make the loops and dot the “i’s” imagine your goals becoming a reality. Dwell on the letters you write. Use brightly colored pens. Get one of those big notebooks with a design and a color you…

Interview with Lynn Steward, Author of ‘April Snow’

Lynn Steward is a successful business woman who spent many years in New York City’s fashion industry in marketing and merchandising, including the development of the first women’s department at a famous men’s clothing store. Through extensive research, and an intimate knowledge of the period, Steward created the…

Grammergency #13: When Quotation Marks Attack

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a little photography project, inspired by signs around California that use quotation marks incorrectly and that I find hilarious—especially when I can’t figure out for the life of me what purpose the quotes are meant to serve. Got any theories?…

Ballooning Arachnids (Poem)

Posted 'Ballooning Arachnids', a poem about a "spooky rain" of spiders in Australia.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/05/ballooning-arachnids-poem.html

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