The Morning Munchies Quotes for Writers ~ Verbosity Kills Brevity...

 
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I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  
~ Elmore Leonard ~


Djibouti. by Elmore Leonard

 








Easy reading is damn hard writing. 
  ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~

 
The House of the Seven Gables (Enriched Classics) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great week!
Zak.

Late Friday Lazy Saturday Freewrite ~ Screw With Your Mind...

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Just to really screw with your mind this Friday Freewrite, your receiving this post on a lazy Saturday instead. 

Now if you live on the other side of the world these blog posts have been arriving a day early and you're wondering why the heck I'd send a Friday Freewrite on a Saturday which to you is a Friday night. You've always received your tidbits a day early... heh heh, and you thought it was because this blog is so organized Hah! Not so.

So, for Friday Free Write this lazy Saturday, we shall try to get those brain cells buzzing and find something new...

Here's the thing:

Below is a picture. Don't look just yet.
Check it out, grab your first thought.
Don't analyze.
Now free write something inspired by the picture.
The rules  [Yes, there are always rules]
1. Don't think, WRITE!
2. NO Editing! Do not even rewrite or correct typos.
3. The writing doesn't actually have to have anything to do
    with the picture below. Write where you're mind took you (or takes you).
    It might be totally unrelated.
4. Write for 10 minutes without stopping. (Set a TIMER)
5. Post your random thoughts in the comments section below.
I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!
Here's the pic...



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Zak!  See you in your imagination...
 
 
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Try Hard or Have the Ink Dry Up, Thursdays...

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~Helping the lazy writer stay motivated ~ 

If you struggle to get your thoughts written then try today's prompt:


 
Make a story using these four words: 

 

awkward, moment, dinner, love.




Set a timer for ten minutes and write. 
Don't worry about it. 
Don't think about it. 
Just write!
No editing.
If you can't think of anything to write then write how frustrating that feels.


We are all here to learn and share so enjoy. 

If you have any specific writing issues or anything you wish to discuss, please feel free to post your questions in the comments section below. We can all learn by sharing our questions and helping each other learn.


Keep writing!


Zak.

Wickedly Random Wednesdays ~ WHAT? Your House?


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Hi, my ever faithful blog post reader. 

I'll be over your place in ten minutes. I want you to grab three things that you can't possibly live without because I'll be taking you away for a very long time...



What did you think?




Today's WHAT is:


How do you think? 

What thoughts cross your mind?

When confronted with the message in today's WHAT? moment: What was your reaction?  What it positive, negative, questioning or something else?

Now think about that for a moment...

Then do the old write, write, write for ten minutes. Grab your first reactions and build a story upon them. Write what you feel. Feel free to post it on the comments here and share.



Why?
Because it's fun and it will help you become a better writer


This was, Zak, bringing you another wickedly random Wednesday WHAT?


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Tuesday Top Picks! ~ Word Dreams by Jacqui Murray...

 

Word Dreams! by Jacqui Murray

"You can improve your writing by visiting this great little site known as simply:  


I don't miss a visit to this blog! 

Jacqui has so many great tips and suggestions to help writers of all levels with overcoming the daily challenges of being a writer AS WELL AS sharing her intimate battles with her own book. 

A Writer's BlogIt's an honest and informative blog and I suggest you check it out.

I've been visiting, Jacqui at Word Dreams for some time now and I like what she has to say and I bet you'll like it too. If you want to read something a bit different and helpful then I suggest you visit her blog today.
  
As always, enjoy!


Zak.


This has been another Zak Happening Moment ~ Thanks to our sponsors...

The Morning Munchies Quotes for Writers… Story or Plot? Plot or Story?

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The King died and then the Queen died. That is a story
 
The King died and then the Queen died of grief. That is a plot. 
E.M. Forster



"It's nervous work. The state you need to write in is the state that others are paying large sums to get rid of”.
Shirley Hazzard
 
 
Have a great week guys!
 
Zak.
 
 

Friday Freewrite ~ It Messes Up Your Mind...

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Last Friday Freewrite ~ We Screwed With Your Mind. This Friday ~ We Mess things around a little...

The aim is to extend your writing abilities or simply just to get you WRITING.


Here's what you do: 

Below is a picture. Don't look just yet.

After you check it out, grab your first thought. Don't analyze.

Now free write something inspired by the picture.

The rules [There are always rules with these exercises]
1. Don't think, WRITE!
2. NO Editing! Do not even rewrite or correct typos.
3. The writing doesn't actually have to have anything to do with the picture below. Write where you're mind takes you. It might be totally unrelated.
4. Write for 10 minutes without stopping. (Set a TIMER)
5. Post your random thoughts in the comments section below.


Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!


Here's the pic...







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Try Hard or Have the Ink Dry Up, Thursdays...

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~Trying to help us lazy writers to stay motivated ~ 

If you struggle to get your thoughts written then try today's prompt:


 
Make a story from these two words: 

 

looking forward

Set a timer for ten minutes and write. 

Don't worry about it. 
Don't think about it. 
Just write!
No editing.
If you can't think of anything to write then write how frustrating that feels.


We are all here to learn and share so enjoy. 

If you have any specific writing issues or anything you wish to discuss, please feel free to post your questions in the comments section below. We can all learn by sharing our questions and helping each other learn.


Keep writing!


Zak.


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Wickedly Random Wednesdays ~ WHAT?

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Today's WHAT is:


"I see a picture. 
I make up my mind. 
I know what it is. 
I use my imagination and the picture gets bolder, more twisted, more wicked. 
I gather more information and a thought from another. 
I see the reality of my imagination and a story is released from within me..."



Now you try...



Take a look at this link:  BATH TOWEL ILLUSION, without reading the website (which is very hard to resist, I know), write what comes to mind until the suspense of not knowing what the illusion is caused by drives you back to the website. This may take only seconds, hopefully minutes or longer if you are self-disciplined (and really want this exercise to work). 

Going back to the website gather more information and from this knowledge write differently. Go back to writing again for as long as you can muster new thoughts.
 
Finally allow yourself to wander all over the website until you are happy that you know and understand the illusion. 
Lovers & Dolphins - Art Poster (By Sandro Del-Prete) (Size: 24" x 36") 
Now write what you feel.
 
Why?
 
Because it's fun. Become a writer today and enjoy the moments...
 
 
Zak, bringing you another wickedly random Wednesday WHAT?
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Tuesday Top Picks! Seth Godin's ~ Write Like a Blogger...

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This is an "oldie" but still a "goodie"

Write like a blogger! by Seth Godin

"You can improve your writing (your business writing, your ad writing, your thank you notes and your essays) if you start thinking like a blogger: 

1. Use headlines. I use them all the time now. Not just boring ones that announce your purpose (like the one on this post) but interesting or puzzling or engaging headlines. Headlines are perfect for engaging busy readers. 

2. Realize that people"... Okay, enough already! Take me straight over to Seth's Blog now. I want to keep reading this good stuff.


I've been following Seth's blog for quite some time now and I like what he has to say and I bet you'll like it too.
Enjoy!


Zak.

The Morning Munchies Quotes for Writers…

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“Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do; justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease to write the moment I have nothing to say” 
~ Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832).


"Don't put anything in a story that does not reveal character or advance the action". 
~ Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007)

Have a great week!

Zak.


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Casual Saturday Schmoozing...


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Zakgirl on Writing:   Casual Saturday Schmoozing...

Great reading for me is when a writer can:
 
"Show ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things in a believable way".

What makes great reading for you?


Zak.


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Friday Freewrite ~ Screw With Your Mind...

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As you probably gathered by now, at this blog we like to extend your writing abilities. Stretch, test and twistily-insanely-turn-pull your brain around sharp corners until finally something new bursts out.


So, for Friday Free Write, we shall try to get those brain cells popping and finally exploding until Pftuumpt! Something new comes bursting out...


Here's the deal:


Below is a picture. Don't look just yet.
Check it out, grab your first thought.
Don't analyze.
Now free write something inspired by the picture.
The rules  [There are always rules with these exercises]
1. Don't think, WRITE!
2. NO Editing! Do not even rewrite or correct typos.
3. The writing doesn't actually have to have anything to do
    with the picture below. Write where you're mind took you.
    It might be totally unrelated.
4. Write for 10 minutes without stopping. (Set a TIMER)
5. Post your random thoughts in the comments section below.

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!







Extra: For those of you who live in the Albury-Wodonga area, please feel free to come along to:  Write Friends, 10am at the LM Albury. Meeting goes from 10am to 12 noon bring along your freewrite or something else to read out and join in the critique session. 

See you there!

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