7:34 a.m. — Atlanta
listening… hmmm, not listening. I can’t wake up this morning. Hang on a sec… listening to Diamond Girl by Seals & Crofts
Hello, everyone. How are you? A couple of weeks ago I tossed out a question for discussion which got two answers [Thank you, Jules and Joseph], so I’m thinking no one has the time to sit and really think through and mull, which this required to some degree. I understand. We shall move on.
1] The first link is to an article I came across while thinking about game changers in poetry. Titled ‘25 Writers Who Changed the World,’ I found it both fun to read and interesting to see the picks and read the reasons why. Yes, some poets did make the list [please, we have Shakespeare]. Wander over and see whether you agree or disagree.
2] Khara House just posted a particularly interesting article, ‘Creative Writing Submissions 101: Think Like (and of) the Editor‘. As she has walked in those shoes, she has street cred.
3] Sonofwalt gives us an article whose title intrigued me: ‘Why (even we) Hate Poetry‘. He tells us: ‘For a while I feared that it was a dying art form, but there is a great deal of evidence, noticeable to those of us who have been performing CPR on the old beast, that it is gaining new and younger followers again‘. If you did not catch it first time around, visit and read the comments. The discussion is fun and makes many good points.
4] I love this next one, both for its origin and concept. Read: ‘Defuse Your Inner Critic With This Explosive Visualization,’ by Sandy Akers, a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach and Writer. She asks: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could blow those eternal critics to smithereens once and for all? Detonate the Inner Perfectionist who tells us our creations aren’t good enough? Blast away the Mean-spirited Fault-Finder who tells us we aren’t good enough?’ Then she takes us through the steps of a guided imagery exercise which, if nothing else, will make you smile and give you a couple of minutes disassociated from the world.
5] The last, ‘Having Trouble Finishing Your Labor of Love?‘ resonates, as the author paints a scene familiar to many of us: ‘… I decided to write a book, in the middle of running my own business and being responsible for two blogs and two toddlers. I’ve now finished the draft, and am in the process of revising it for the editor. So with the end in sight, I thought I’d share a few of the principles that helped me get this far.’ While pointed more towards prose, what McGuinness says holds for any of us working towards the end of a large project.
Enjoy. I did the first time I read these and again as I selected them. Well, no, I guess I wouldn’t give you something I didn’t enjoy — there is something deeply deep in the thought that I might. Yes, yes. I will go drink some coffee.
I’ll see you tomorrow for the roundup; and Tuesday for an image prompt. Unless someone has something they want me to talk about on a Thursday session, Thoughts is going dark until January. November and December are killer months. That’s not to say I won’t pop into your inboxes, or readers.
Happy writing, everyone.