“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.” ― Maya Angelou
And while you’re playing mind games with your muse, try some mental manipulation. If invention is the mind’s misfire, the key to inspiration lies in self-deception: http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en
Of all good writing. What is at stake in yours?
Description necessities human observation.
What does your setting word choice imply about the personality and preferences of the narrator?
How can these intentional choices develop plot or poetic theme?
Don’t let the “yellow drapes description” be a missed opportunity.
If I had a wish, it would be for your continued success in your craft. Warning: that success might take the form of failure. Sorry, I know how the hurt pounds. Breathe (seed-blown wishes). They will settle. They will grow.
Threatening storm. Pastel. GLYN OVERTON. 14 : 1 : 2015.
Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Grants
Spring deadline: February 27, 2015 (5 p.m., Pacific Time; note that the online application will be activated and available on January 15.)
NO APPLICATION FEE
“Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco bay area.” NB: “There will be multiple winners” for both the Writing Award and the Visual Arts Award (each award pays $6,000). Also note: “Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.”
Go to: http://thisboringdiscomfort.tumblr.com/post/109265704269/on-february-24-discomfort-by-evelyn-hampton-will
From the site: “On February 24, Discomfort by Evelyn Hampton will be released. On March 2, This Boring Apocalypse by Brandi Wells will be released. In the near future, these books have already been printed. They are in the world. They are riding subways, they are wandering streets. Find these ghosts from the future, capture an image of them, and send the image to us. You’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of each book. Four names will be drawn. You may enter once.
Images will be posted on this site as we get them.
The contest is open from February 1 – 20. We’ll announce the four randomly chosen winners here on February 23rd. Winners will also be notified by email.
Send a picture of the ghost from the future of Discomfort and/or This Boring Apocalypse by February 20 to: firstname.lastname@example.org”
Check this out: http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow