Inspiration

"Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing" from Gotham Writers

"Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat's CradleBreakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it's all completely unique.

With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:...."

Read Vonnegut's Excellent Advice Here on Gotham Writers

 

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Good Read: "Who, What, When, and Where of Writing Rituals" from the National Writing Project

By: Kathleen O'ShaughnessyConnie McDonaldHarriet MaherAnn Dobie

"May Sarton liked to listen to music when she worked, but only eighteenth-century music. "I find that the romantics don't work for me," she said. "I love them to listen to, but not to work with" (quoted in Saum 1986, 97). Other writers come alive at particular times of the day or night. Katherine Anne Porter said she preferred "to get up very early in the morning and work. I don't want to speak to anybody or see anybody. Perfect silence" (quoted in Murray 1983, 29)...."

Read More Writing Rituals of Productive Writers Here

 

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The Story of Light by Peggy Shumaker (from Poetry Foundation)

The Story of Light
by Peggy Shumaker

Think of the woman who first touched fire
to a hollow stone filled with seal oil,
how she fiddled with fuel and flame
until blue shadows before and after her
filled her house.....

Read the rest of this amazing poem at Poetry Foundation. 

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Great Read! "10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing" by Sage Cohen (from Writer's Digest)

"The writing life presents endless opportunities to meet fear. Facing the blank page, sending work out for publication, and reading to an audience can all be triggers. Fear is neither good nor bad—it’s simply an emotional weather vane that lets us know where we are meeting or anticipating challenge.

Fear becomes a problem when we do (or don’t do) something to try to avoid feeling it. And this is what too many of us are in the habit of doing. For example, if we let the fear of rejection prevent us from pitching or querying or submitting, we are ensuring that we’ll never realize our aspirations. Even worse, we’re reinforcing fear’s position as captain of our craft. But when we consciously work with fear, we can actually harness this energy source in ways that support our writing goals and enhance our writing experience. Here are 10 ways to do it....."

Read This Great Advice Here

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Great Read! "8 MEMOIRS FROM BLACK TRANS WRITERS" by Constance Augusta Zaber (from Book Riot)

"Although the “trans memoir” is well-represented in the world of books by trans people, it is unfortunately no surprise that very few memoirs from Black trans people have made it to publication, let alone gained wide attention....."

Check out the rest of this amazing reading list here

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Some Prompt Love Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Make art about bringing light, about countering darkness with light, about art as light, about art as Love. 

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Good Read: "Women Writing About the Wild: 25 Essential Authors" by Kathryn Aalto (From Outside Magazine)

Good morning from K'In! 

Thanks to my brother David Daniel for passing this great read on. 

"Women who write about the wild cannot be easily labeled. They are conservationists, scientists, and explorers; historians, poets, and novelists; ramblers, scholars, and spiritual seekers. They are hard to pin down but for their willingness to be “unladylike,” to question, and to seek.

The following list is in no way definitive, but if you want a primer on some of the best nature writing you probably haven’t read yet, you’d do well to start with these 25 women....."

Read More Here

 

                                             Mary Austin, author of  Land of Little Rain

                                             Mary Austin, author of Land of Little Rain

AMAZING READ: "The Braided Essay as Social Justice Action" by Nicole Walker - from Creative Nonfiction

From Creative Nonfiction

Issue #64, Adaptation

The Braided Essay as Social Justice Action

Between the Lines

Nicole Walker

"...memoir....offers something unique to environmental writing. By situating the self in the story, the writer personalizes what in some nature writing might come off as eulogizing and obvious. When I toggle between myself and the rest of the world, not only do I stop myself from boring myself with what I already know, I also find surprising commonalties with prairie dogs, or gutters, or the way geological formations seem permanent until they’re not, which reminds me that my bad habits or unattractive character traits, like writing about myself, are not necessarily permanent either....."

READ THE REST HERE

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"Song" by Muriel Rukeyser, from Poetry Foundation

Song
by MURIEL RUKEYSER


Make and be eaten, the poet says,
Lie in the arms of nightlong fire,
To celebrate the waking, wake.
Burn in the daylong light; and praise
Even the mother unappeased,
Even the fathers of desire.....

Read the rest of this gorgeous poem at Poetry Foundation

 

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GOOD READ: "20 Writing Tips From Fiction Authors" from iUniverse

"Writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work. iUniverse Publishing fires up your creative spirit with 20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors.....

"Tip 1: "My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on...."

READ MORE HERE

 

 

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Important Read! From Elle: "How Do You Write About "Diversity" When the Word Has Become Hollow?"

Happy Friday from K'in!

Important conversation, check it out!

How Do You Write About "Diversity" When the Word Has Become Hollow?

Three writers—Daniel José Older, Ashley Cassandra Ford, and Tanwi Nandini Islam—examine a word that's lost its meaning.

Great Read! From Brain Pickings: "The Courage to Be Yourself: E.E. Cummings on Art, Life, and Being Unafraid to Feel"

Good morning from K'in! 

Thanks to Brainpickings for this Great Read, and to the fabulous artist, V.L. Cox, for sharing it! 

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight....”

READ MORE HERE