Sunday Sessions

SUNDAY SESSIONS IN SILVER STREET HULLEvery Sunday I will be browsing the gigantic entity known as the World Wide Web to hunt down sites I think can be valuable tools for all of you as writers. Each week I will post five sites for you to check out. If you have a favorite site out there that you go to and you want to share as always pass along the information to me and I will include it.  Each week will be different with topics ranging from studio tips to inspirational sites. I am a firm believer in refilling the well of inspiration. I often find myself going to the internet for ideas when I am stuck for something to write about.

1. Studio acoustics and soundproofing basics.

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Some of you out there might be wanting to record audio to add to your chapbooks or to replace them. One of the benefits of making CD’s to bring to shows as merchandise is that it can be a lot more cost effective. This site goes over the basics of soundproofing an area to use as a studio. You don’t need a lot to record a cd. A computer and usb mic will get the job done. Having an area that is quiet makes the recording process a lot easier.

2. RainyMood: Rain makes everything better.

http://www.rainymood.com/

If your like me then you like to have some sort of background sound going on and the TV or radio can bela pluie n'a pas de couleur / no colour for th...distracting when your trying to get some serious writing done. I stumbled over this site today and instantly fell in love with it. The site is simple. It is a continuous recording of a rainstorm. One click and you have a great ambient background noise to get you where you need to be with your writing process.

3. Psychology Today: Creating in Flow.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creating-in-flow/201006/7-distraction-fighting-strategies

This site goes over seven different techniques for fighting distractions. With the world we live in today being full of all kinds of sounds, lights and things all screaming for us to pay attention, how do we get focused and just write? If you have a hard time getting down to the nitty gritty then this site is for you!

4. Ted Talks: The Magic of Truth.

If you haven’t heard of Ted Talks yet then I want to know where your rock is and plan my next vacation there. Seriously though if you haven’t heard of them yet then check this site out. This is a video I watched earlier today and my mind is still blown. True it may not relate directly to writing or your creative process, but sometimes watching something cool is just what we need to get back to writing amazingness.

5. Cool Bookstores on FlavorWire

http://www.flavorwire.com/254434/the-20-most-beautiful-bookstores-in-the-world?all=1

Check out a site that boasts the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world. I have to agree these are some amazing bookstores. Flavor Wire also has a lot of other crazy cultural things for those of you in need of a little pick me up bonus inspiration.

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These are just a few of the sites out there that I love. I hope you enjoy them and please share with me any sites you think should be up on our Sunday Sessions. As always have fun writing and i hope to read your work soon.

 

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575 Haiku Samurai

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Samurai Helmet (Photo credit: JapanDave)

I had the opportunity today to have a conversation with Tazuo Yamaguchi. Taz loves and I mean loves Haiku. He is the host for the Haiku Death Match at Nationals every year and shared some of his wisdom pertaining to Haiku with me this morning.

This might be the moment that you are wondering to yourself “what is this Haiku you speak of?”, or you might be saying ” I love Haiku.” Either way I am going to take a moment to explain the basic form of Haiku for you.

Please understand that the definition I am about to give is based on the English version of Haiku. It is not a set definition, but rather a widely accepted idea of what Haiku means to western culture. Haiku is a short poem usually consisting of seventeen syllables over three lines.

Pretty simple right? Heres the thing though. This is just a guideline for writing Haiku. Traditional Japanes Haiku has many variations and is not even based on syllables. The following is taken from Wikipedia:

“Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[4] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji.[5] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[6] this is incorrect as syllables and on are not the same.”

Taz loves Haiku so much that he made a movie and book about it. It is called Haiku: The art of the short story. You can get a copy of it on Amazon through clicking on the link HERE.

Ok my time at the computer is just about up. I will try to post a few more times from NPS. Until then KEEP YOUR PEN SHARP!

Focus On: Fiction and Poetry Blogs

by Elizabeth on August 1, 2012

Did you know literature was an Olympic event until 1948? Of course, all creative submissions had to reference athletics in some way, and many think the quality of the work suffered as a result. That’s why blogging is such a great way to develop and showcase your creative writing – there are no restrictions or limitations beyond your own imagination!

To read the rest of the article click on the link below.

Focus On: Fiction and Poetry Blogs.

The Art of War for Writers

   The Art of War for Writers is one of the most useful books I have found that provides insights and advice on writing as a lifestyle. I write this assuming that you are an author. Not only a poet, not only a novelist, but a writer in all of its amazing forms. This book has a lot of useful information about everything from inspiration to publishing. Below are some quotes from the book along with the page numbers you can find them on. If you like what you read this book can be found at your local bookstore as well as on Amazon. Just to make it easy for you I have included the link to the Amazon page to buy it HERE.

“The essentials of success for a long term writing career… desire, discipline, commitment to craft, patience, honesty, willingness to learn, business-like attitude, rhino skin, long-term view and talent. Talent is the least important. Everyone has some talent. It’s what you do with it that counts.” (11-13)

“A hero knows it takes hard work and a long time to get published; a fool thinks it should happen immediately, because he thinks he’s a hero already.” (16)

“A hero makes his luck; a fool cries about how unlucky he is.” (17)

“A hero recognizes the worth in others; a fool can’t believe others are worth more than he.” (17)

“A hero keeps writing, no matter what, knowing effort is its own reward; a fool eventually quits and complains that the world is unfair. Be a hero.” (17)

“It’s not the will to win that counts, but the will to prepare to win.” (18)

“Write a quota of words every week.” (18)

“Every moment spent whining about your writing career is a moment of creative energy lost.” (27)

“Status, worry, and comparison are ways to madness, not victory.” (33)

“To keep from turning off those who can publish you, you must not be desperate.” (37)

“Take one of your favorite writers, preferably one who has written a book in your genre, look in the mirror, and say, “Behold ____!” Then sit down and write.” (43)