Friday Freewrite ~ It Messes With Your Mind...


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The aim of Friday Freewrite is to extend your writing abilities or simply 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) that is, at least ten minutes longer if you can.
5. Post your random thoughts in the comments section below.


Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!


Here's the pic...





Now, go have yourself a great day!

Zak...

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The Morning Munchies Quotes for Writers ~ Jean Auel...



The Clan of the Cave Bear: with Bonus ContentThis author is due to release her book in March, 2011 so I'm beginning to get a bit excited about that...
 
Here's some quotes from one of my favorite writers...
 
 
 
"I'm just writing a story that I want to read".


"Life sometimes gets in the way of writing".


"You learn to write by writing, and by reading and thinking about how writers have created their characters and invented their stories. If you are not a reader, don't even think about being a writer."
The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children- Jean M. Auel
 
 
 
The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel (Earth's Children)
 
 
 
   
Have a Happy Day!
 
Zak.

Tuesday Top Picks! ~ Copyblogger...

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
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Today's Top Pick is Copyblogger

 
This site shows you how increase traffic, links and subscribers to your blog and helps you make the switch from hobby blogger to professional money-making blogger. 
 
This totally depends what you want to do of course and the choice as always is completely yours.

Learn, devour and most of all enjoy!


Zak.

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The Morning Munchies Quotes for Writers ~

 
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This is so true about our writing efforts...
 
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." 
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
 
 
"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them."
- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)



And last but not least this classic statement from a switched on wife:

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study"Why don't you write books people can read?" 
- Nora Joyce to her husband James (1882-1941)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great week!
 
Zak.

Friday Freewrite ~ It Messes With Your Mind...


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The aim of Friday Freewrite 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...


















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


~Helping the lazy writer stay motivated ~ 

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


 
Make a story using these two words: 

 

Cyclone, Yasi

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. 
 
Keep writing!


Zak.
 
 
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Wickedly Random Wednesdays ~ WHAT? Neil Young.., WHO? Time to Mellow Out... How?

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Pardon me, sitting back here listening to Neil Young's, Tell Me Why.
Tell Me Why 
This song brings on a mellow feeling. Sometimes Mr. Young's music (or should I call him Neil?) can be downright depressing but as a writer of songs he is second-to-none.
 
So, today as you sit back to write for ten minutes sink into Neil-Young-mode and feel yourself becomming a little less  randomly wicked (or stressed as the case may be) and be a bit more on the mellow side. 

It's not always good to have too much of a good thing so this week we are chilling out a bit...
 
 
 
Write about a time when you mellowed out. 
 
How did you got about it? 
 
What caused you to mellow out? 
 
Was it a rainy day or a case of the "boredoms"? [My mum always said, "there's no such thing as boring, just people who are bored".]

Now think about these few lines from Neil Young's, Tell Me Why, lyrics for a moment...





  Is it hard to make arrangements
with yourself?
When you're old enough to repay 
but young enough to sell?
  
If you are familiar with this song you will notice the lyrics are written with a lot of internal conflict and if you know the tune you'll notice the music contains a lot of conflict too. It jumps from cheerful major bluegrass chords to sombre (or perhaps sober) minor folk and then there's that change in time signature. 


Whether this is natural talent or intent, only Neil Young knows but to me it's just great songwriting when a singer/songwriter can intertwine words and music into such a powerful presentation and this my friend is what us writers need to strive for, and hopefully this helps explain yesterdays "munchies" from Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Easy reading (or in this case listening) is damn hard writing"

Now, snap out of it, and get writing! 


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




This was, Zak, bringing you another wickedly random Wednesday WHAT?
 
By the way: Check out this note from Mark Lawrence on yesterdays "munchie" received through Facebook, 
 
"So brevity is an anagram of verbosity?" 
 
Now there's a switched on writer. 
 
Good job, Mark! 
 
 
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Tuesday Top Picks! ~ Grammar Girl...

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Today's Top Pick is Grammar Girl.

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)This site shows you lots of hints and tips on how to improve your grammar and punctuation.    

As always, enjoy!


Zak.



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