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when we forget….

I have been following this poet for years. I feel we are friends although separated by 3000 miles and never met.
I wanted to share his recent poem, which I feel, hits close to the heart of what is wrong with this country today.

Read Between the Minds

a child
dies
in the streets
of san juan
a father
buries
an only son
flag draped
for
corporate profits
a woman’s
condemned
to death
by policies
born
of blind fear
men
are assassinated
by
those
sworn
to protect
and
children
seeking only
a better life
are torn
from freedom’s womb
by
broken promises
so
when
we forget
we
cannot become
great
again
when we abandon
what
made us
great
in the beginning
our
humanity

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September 27, 2017 at 3:16 am 1 comment

Creativity Without an Outline

I’ve often had discussions whether. This may help some writers on the fence.

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by Leo Borgelin

Even though people have been creative for most of our existence, yet most creatives don’t have an idea of how the creative process actually works. Pretty ironic for someone who works so much inside the mind. Take this into regards to everyone who calls themselves creative. I think it’s neat and would like the field to grow as well, but with some better accuracy. So how does the creative process work?

You get rid of the outline. Your creativity should not have a structure, but rather an intended result. The whole point of taking the creative route is to bring something new and exciting to the table. So now you’re in open space with no structure and boundary. Like you’re lost in open space. “That’s great”, says the sarcastic person. “That’s great”, says the person who just awakens their imagination.

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September 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Throwback Thursday: 10 Tips for Editing Your Short Story

Most of us need all the help we can get. I hope this information is of benefit to you.

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Writer in Wedges

So you have written your short story and cannot wait to release it into the world. But before doing that, it is important to take some extra time to make sure your story is properly edited, despite the fact that editing is nowhere near as fun as writing.

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August 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Book Review: Damnation Alley, Roger Zelazny (1969)

I’m a science fiction writer and have been following this blog for some time now. In my mind, for science fiction lovers it needs more exposure.
The blog keeps alive the science fiction writers of the past, some well-known and some forgotten.
Give it a try.

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

(Jack Gaughan’s cover for the 1969 edition)

3/5 (Average)

As I read Roger Zelazny’s post-apocalyptical adventure Damnation Alley (1969), the relentless throbbing of Hawkwind’s 1977 song inspired by the novel along with cringeworthy lines of dialogue from the 1977 film version kept interjecting themselves into my reading experience.

First, a snippet from the song….

I’ve got the serum and I’m going to take it
All the way to Boston, oh I’ve got to get through
The going won’t be easy, but I’m going to make it
It’s the only thing that I’m cut out to do
Ride the post-atomic radioactive trash
The sky’s on fire from the nuclear flash
Driving through the burning hoop of doom,
In an eight wheeled anti-radiation tomb
Thank you Dr. Strangelove for going doolally,
and leaving me the heritage of Damnation Alley […].

Absent from Hawkwind’s interpretation that

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July 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Historical Research for Writers

I find, for matter what you write, research providing facts make the story more real.

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by Sheree Crawford

Researching is, believe it or not, a skill that not everyone has. If you do have it you should definitely put it on your C.V.; good research is often the thing you do not see, but the want of it is blindingly obvious, especially when you write historic fiction, or you’re writing about cultures and people you don’t know anything about.

Research isn’t about consuming every piece of information you can find on your topic; it’s about knowing what is and isn’t important. You can learn this by taking a degree of some sort (History in particular will smack you in the face with research skill requirements before you’ve even finished the first year… whoo-boy that was a learning curve, I can tell you), or you can piggyback my History degree; go on, I don’t mind. I’ll share some of the pearls I’ve discovered while cracking…

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July 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

How to Take Criticism and Turn It into Growth in 5 Steps

An important comment for the writer.

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by Daniella Levy

It hurts to hear people say negative things about something you poured your heart and soul into. It hurts to recognize that you are not perfect at what you do and can always use improvement.

However, criticism–good criticism–is a very powerful raw material you can use to build yourself as an artist.

People generally react to criticism non-constructively in one of two ways: resistance (dismissing, arguing, or denying) or withering (collapsing in feelings of shame and inadequacy). Both of these reactions deny you the opportunity to learn and grow from the feedback.

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July 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

3 Poems in Indra’s Net: An International Anthology of Poetry in Aid of The Book Bus

O at the Edges

I’m delighted that three of my poems, including “How to Write a Poem,” are included in Indra’s Net: An International Anthology of Poetry in Aid of The Book Bus.

All profits from this anthology published by Bennison Books will go to The Book Bus, a charity which aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them.

Available at Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US)

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