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Username: Carey

Post Number: 1609
Registered: 05-2004

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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 04:20 pm:   


Coming to this board should be a college credit. I don't care if you are a would-be writer, speaker or debater, there's something to be learned while you're escaping behind the veil of the Internet.

My first real writing class was years ago at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. It was never my goal to be a writer, I think it was a require class of some sort. However, like many other courses that are stocking stuffers for the institutions, I learned little from that experience.

I've held resentments towards those that champion experience over education. I've frequently viewed that as a way for others to discriminate, in a sly way. But, like the earlier post that asked the question, why do you write, this post is generating responses that are opinions based on years and "tears" of experience. It's like listening to visiting professors from across the United States.

Here are a couple more that arrived off the board:

Hi Carey,

Here's a HUG,

I have been hired to do some "ghost" writing on a t.v. show
right now and I'm not able to visit the board very much for a

I just wanted to tell you that #1--

#2--even the very best works of literature have all been rejected;
it's all a matter of personal TASTE.

#3--One of the worst things a Writer can do is invite too many
people to consult, advise and coach on how to write.

You have to pay your dues like everyone else.

You have to write.

You also have to write from your own unique voice--what you
wish to say to the world and who you wish to say it through
is so integral that it has to be a "personal" decision made
by your mind and soul.

You can't have all these cooks in the kitchen pumping you up

--because that's not writing. That's plotting.

And plotting; pasting things together; trying to please 100 different
people--it will destroy your chances.

you need to form an outline of a story that you want to tell.

After you form the outline and you've made notes about the
characters---just sit in the floor square legged and rock your
body back and forth taking deep breaths.

Begin to tell yourself parts of the story as though you are
an old grandfather telling a story orally.

This is a good practice for finding your voice and loosening
yourself up.

Perhaps you will want to FIRST write a short story.

That takes more skill and attention than a full novel and it
is the best way for writers to hone their skills, develop their
voice and teach themselves how to write their own style.

What you must learn is to how to write a "Carey" novel.

Not how to write like someone else or what you think will
please such and such a person.

Frustration, stops and starts, writer's block---that's all part
of the process when you are looking for your voice.

Go sit in the floor when you're alone---total silence around you
and rock yourself telling a story.

Shut out the outside world and begin to learn how to be alone
and live within the world of your writing voice.

90% of writing is being alone and entertaining yourself with
words and sentences.

When you see a lady with a big yellow hat crossing the street
---make up an oral story about her.

These excersizes will help you to find your voice.

Once you are comfortable with your writer's voice--then you will
begin to say what it is that is deep inside you dying to get out.

Even if that something is merely making others feel good by
entertaining them with "escapism."

Doesn't matter if it's hardcore "literature" or commercial escapism
---it just has to be YOU and it has to come from the sincerest part
of you.

You already have the basic skills. I saw the sketches.

Here's a Big Hug.

Kola Boof


Anonymous (preferred by e-mailer)

Old school flavor is what you exude in your writing at AALBC.

I would guess that on the boards, you write the way you speak.

Carey, you have lived several lives in one lifetime...draw on your rich and varied experiences.

You "show" passion in your writing by describing a situation in which you were passionate. Or tenacious, or motivated, or witty...

Paint them a picture of your first ******* What would that look like?

Do you have a childhood story that's relevant to paints you in the light in which you want to be seen?

Is a bid whist game a metaphor for the writing life? If so, tell them that, and in the process you will tell them a lot about you.

Images, images, images.

#1 rule of writing: Show, don't tell.

Be specific!

"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. " ~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith


Wow, I can't wait to read more. So far, all the posts have been little gems, short, long ... brilliant.

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