Except it’s Monday.
Life’s caught me in the ass, so I’ll be looking around for articles to reblog. But again! No original post today.
Creating and refining your own unique style of writing is important, particularly in the modern Internet age, where a high content turnover means readers are constantly in pursuit of something original and clever. However, it’s often difficult – especially when you’re just starting out – to fine-tune the way you write and embody the qualities that make your voice distinct and innovative. So how exactly do you tease out those qualities? How do you then apply them to the actual process of writing? Here are ten hot tips to get you started today.
via 10 Ways To Develop A Unique Writing Style — Writer’s Blog
Kwame Appiah’s 2017 presidential address for the Modern Language Association, “Boundaries of Culture” tackles several ideas that have seeped into literary theory and literary studies and, therefore, shape the way we are encouraged to read.
If you have studied literary theory, I know you find yourself looking at a work with a critical eye sometimes, and I know that critical eye can take away from the way you want to simply just enjoy the work rather than rake it over for hints and flaws and threads to unravel. I do it all the time, and I’m not just talking out of my ass, here. But even though Appiah seems to be having birthing pains to his thoughts throughout this entire address, his points about criticism are easily applied and incredibly relevant. (Sorry if you’re reading this professor :P)
Continue reading “The Creator, The Cartographer, and The Cambist: On “Boundaries of Culture””
Selene, should I adopt a pen name? And if I don’t, how do I worry less about what people will say about my work and just CREATE IT? –Sarah Rose
I think that it’s entirely obvious that I’m a super massive fan of pen names, but instead of telling you what you should do, I’ll just give you some thoughts that I have on the matter along with some articles that list pros and cons. But instead of being like every single other article on pen names, I’m going to go into some of the current uses and talk about issues surrounding pen names.
Continue reading “Should I Take a Pen Name?”
Monday, I’ll post a fairly lengthy article about pen names!
With any luck, I’ll post an article the next Monday on the 2017 MLA Presidential Address “Boundaries of Culture” by Kwame Appiah complete with full (probably still biased) summary since this article isn’t available anywhere without payment, but if I can somehow upload a link to a Google Drive, I’ll do that.
The next article after that will either be a guest article or a shared article if I can’t manage to finish the article on Writing Marginalized Characters.
By Alexi Scheiber (@AlexidoesArt on twitter, instagram, and tumblr)
Selene was kind enough to let me write a guest article! I study animation, and representation is a constant topic that I grapple with in my writing and filmmaking. I talk a lot about these issues with Selene, but this was one I’ve been thinking about expressing myself for awhile, and the catalyst that made me want to intrude on my friend’s writing blog was the new trailer for Heathers, 2018.
Continue reading “Heather, Heather, and Heather: Quality vs. Quantity in Representation”
I’ve been struggling with my work, and I’ll be the first to admit that. However, I know I’m not the only person that struggles with finding worth in what I write. This isn’t a rehash of “Is It Worth It?” but, rather, a look into what I find is the essence of any story, which ultimately allowed me to have a breakthrough after three stagnant months with my work.
Personal growth and personal fulfillment.
Continue reading “The Essence of Story”