Voice Over Everything

The most important aspect of writing is voice: that feel, sound, or signature thing that makes a piece identifiable as a particular writer’s work. Inevitably a writer just starting out will copy a mentor’s voice — subconsciously or not — to start understanding what makes it interesting. Then, through craft, experience, more reading, more experimenting with different … Continue reading Voice Over Everything

Circles, Silos, Niches

Creative writing for the likeminded — and ONLY the likeminded I sometimes take the opportunity to rant. This is a rant. It appears that the entire intent of ‘literature’ and ‘poetry’ is to create and define niches. Because the world — read: virtual world — is so vast, everyone is trying to cut a little … Continue reading Circles, Silos, Niches

Traceable Genesis

Wherever your ideas comes from, be it image, fact, lie, it is interesting to have some type of documentation surrounding those ideas. Maybe there is a biographical link, a creative link, an environmental link, a detail that someone, somewhere, sometime will pick up about your piece. Because the original ideas are oftentimes NOT the core … Continue reading Traceable Genesis

Of Sycophants & Haters

The beauty of online communities, networks, publications, is the abundance of information available. We can learn anything, from anyone, at any time. However wonderful this is, there are too many traps to fall into. Learn from the Teachers A lot of advice — a lot — comes from novices, learners, students. This may seem fantastic, … Continue reading Of Sycophants & Haters