Writers hear it all the time. Edit, edit, edit. Hemingway even said everyone needs an editor. You can check out books on how to self-edit, take classes, or even hire an editor. But the best way to improve your writing and editing skills is practice. Prime Number Magazine's 53-Word Story Contest is a perfect way to do that.
In The Butterfly Hours, Dann uses “one-word memory triggers like ‘table’ or ‘car’ . . . as a way” for students, and eventually herself, “to stitch together the patches of [their lives].” Some of the stories shared are those of her students, some are her own. All are beautiful.
Dramatic life moments are a great source of creative fodder, and moving on from them is usually aided by processing them through creative output. They inspire us to write. They inform what we write. They heal when we write.
After the fact.
When in the midst of things, though, I find I can't write anything at all. The harder I try, the more numb I become. It's all too immediate. I can't get a handle on it, can't find words to relate it.
Everyone knows poetry is a literary form with distinct sounds and rhythms meant to be read aloud. Eve Brackenbury, local poet and bookseller, will help participants who might never have spoken in front of a crowd learn to read poetry out loud. Her passion is evident in our interview and we hope you'll join us in learning how to turn your reading into a performance.
School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of 65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.