Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Morning Pages 04/12/12

Another New Beginning - Taking the Henry Abbott's Truehoop idea and applying it to writing. The best posts for writers around the internet, every weekday.

Lynn Fang on Courage 2 Create - How to Inspire People to Change the World: We are so inundated with negative information these days that most people just want to numb themselves to the pain. They don’t want to talk about the real issues (they’d much rather keep listening to the new Katy Perry single) [...] The truth is that most of us are aware of the issues[...] but we just don’t want to be constantly reminded that there’s awful stuff going on–mostly because it’s incredibly depressing.We want to find joy, excitement, and meaning in life. We want to have the desire to live and love life.But we still need to talk about the tough issues of today. So, with that in mind, let’s consider some of the ways we can inspire people to change the world without becoming too negative.

Goins, Writer: Writing's Law of Diminishing Returns: The more you talk, the less people listen. The more noise you make, the more it sounds like a drone. This is an economic principle, and it applies to communication, too. The paradox of attention is this: the more you try to get, the less attentive your audience becomes.

Wordplay - How to Show the Passage of Time in Your Novel: http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-show-passage-of-time-in-your.html

Terrible Minds - A Long Look at "Show and Tell": You hear that a lot, as a writer: “Show, Don’t Tell" [...] As with all the succinct little amuse-bouches of writing advice, this particular nugget contains a modicum of wisdom if you can peel back the skin-flaps and chip away bone to find the heart of the thing underneath.

 

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