Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Mumbles

Over the weekend, I attended a workshop taught by the lovely Frankie Diane Mallis. It was very informative. If you happen to be in the Philly area, keep tabs on Musehouse Literary Center. They have some great workshops and maybe Frankie will be teaching another one in the future.

I've been thinking on how to spice the blog up. Really, I talk a lot, but it's about feelings and such, and that will not change, but I want to start posting about the craft and what I learn. I know I've done this before, but I feel like I should do this more. So, you will be seeing some more posts on strengthening the craft. Why? Well, because, I'm always learning and it doesn't hurt to share what we learn.

You see, I'm not technical. Yep, you heard me. I'm not the most technical. I write more on instinct than anything else so I need to keep strengthening my technical muscles. It will require me to dive back into my library of craft books, and as you know, that's a hard thing for me to do. I'm a visual learner and unless the book is written well, in other words not like a textbook, then I should be okay.

I'm also about to jump back on the revision train. My first draft is almost finished and I have a MS that has been patiently waiting for my attention. That means I will be switching gears after turkey day and jumping into revisions. So, I will be reviewing my notes and trying to make that baby shine.

I figured along the way as I review, I will post my findings. I'm sure I've written posts on many of these topics, but hey, I might write them better this time around.

Have you learned something new lately?

I will also be adding some tabs at the top on helpful links and such so stay tuned.
Have a great day!!

13 comments:

  1. I love learning about craft from other writers. Can't wait to hear what you learn!

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  2. I have three structure,grammar and punctuation books that I haven't even opened yet. I'm not very technical when I write either. I'd always had a good memory for usage when I was in school and didn't think I'd have a problem with my manuscripts but things have changed so much since I graduated and writing full-length novels is definitely not the same as your regular term paper. The freedom and instinct of the first draft is definitely where I thrive.

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  3. I think you can still talk about feelings, but it's also helpful to the rest of us if you post tips as you learn them. I'm like you, with a shelf full of craft books I (mostly) haven't opened. I have used Browne and King's Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, which was sort of helpful.

    What have I learned lately? I learned that it's actually distancing when your character says, "I felt" or "I thought." You're supposed to come right out and say whatever they felt or thought.

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  4. Are you switching to revise a different manuscript, or will these be revisions on the one you are completing?

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  5. I always like reading about craft, even if it's something I've heard before. I need all the reminders I can get!

    Good luck with revisions.

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  6. I've learned that there's too much to learn, LOL!

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  7. I'm learning something new every day. That's why I love being a writer. :D

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  8. Yay for revisions--my favorite thing to do!!!! Hey, what topic did lovely Frankie present at the workshop?

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  9. Learning the craft and then letting others know what you have learned, is one of the best ways to cement a new skill I find. I look foward to reading how your next next journey of learning unfolds.

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  10. I will be working on revisions following turkey day as well. I look forward to your craft posts. I hope I never lose my desire to learn from others!
    Have a great Holiday.
    doreenmcgettigandotcom

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  11. Good luck on your revisions! Congrats on expanding into different posts.

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  12. I find that teaching others makes me learn more thoroughly. Good luck with your revisions.

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