Poetics Serendipity: Narrate This

07 Nov

10:12 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Woody Guthrie & Friends singing Hobo’s Lullaby on a free radio channel with a wide selection of music. If you visit, ignore everything other than the grey bar with genres, and the jukebox.

Hello. I’m here. Now I’m going to stop a moment and grab coffee and breakfast. I just walked in from the dreaded periodontist. I’m wondering if I should persuade my husband into a Martini, tonight, before I tell him the price of the upcoming ‘work to be done’. Be right back…

Okay. I promised a discussion of narrative structure, but am not feeling peppy enough for that. Instead I will give you narrative links that I have in my collection. That, and the notion that the best novel to read for a workshop in narrative structure is Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. It’s the novel I used for a unit on narrative structure in fiction.

1] This first is an interesting looking site. I joined the beta when it came out a few weeks ago, but have not had the time to check it all out. It looks very promising, for both prose and poetry: Editorially. The Atlantic review states, [It] makes good on its promise, boasting a collaborative writing environment that encourages sharing and discussing work with others. The software was designed by veterans of the digital publishing industry. Go on over and check it out. I think it looks exciting as a tool for rewrites, critiquing, or general look-overs, whatever we need for a particular piece of writing.

Unscheduled break to chat with my son and grand-daughter…

2] I found this to be fascinating: Tips for Writing a Novel: Know the Difference Between Plot and Story. Ignore the fact that the writer would like you to sign up for his course [alternatively, you might sign up for his course!]. What Steve Alcorn has to say is invaluable. I particularly appreciated: The trick is to figure out the structure of your novel before you even start typing. As I say, narrative structure is key.

3] Descriptive writing is something many of us find difficult. In the context of something like a novel, it can become overwhelming. The site I am sending you to appears to be an education one, but what they say on the page makes sense and clears away a lot of underbrush. My favourite is point four which says, more colourfully, that if we don’t know where we are going then neither will the reader. A short and easy read.

4] I rather like the list at this site. The blogger gives us Seven Tips for Descriptive Writing. The tips are from a journalism professor at Columbia and Brooklyn Colleges. They are short and to the point. Do we know most of them? Yes. Do we remember most of them? Not so much. It’s a quick read.

Poets: All of these apply to some degree to our genre. Give the posts a look.

I shall see you tomorrow for the week’s prompts roundup; Tuesday for a prompt to do with narrative consciousness; and next Thursday for the last of our narrative Thursdays.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 07/11/2013 in links, writing


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5 responses to “Poetics Serendipity: Narrate This

  1. Yousei Hime

    07/11/2013 at 8:27 pm

    • Yousei Hime

      07/11/2013 at 8:33 pm

      Oops. Actually pairs with your Narrative Slant prompt (which you probably already figured out with a few side chuckles).

      • margo roby

        08/11/2013 at 7:52 am

        Having problems, lady? ;-D ;-D ;-D

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:52 am

      I love presents!


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