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We are on a mission to bring you the best writing-related articles we can find online. We usually post them on twitter and facebook. Should we post them here too or is that repetitive?
Here is an example, an article written by a literary agent:
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Young musicians practice daily. A singer doesn't begin with an aria. She starts by warming up her vocal cords. A pianist practices his scales every day from a young age. An athlete doesn't begin with a triathlon. He spends hours lifting weights, stretching, building the muscle mass and flexibility that will support the feats he intends to achieve.Kat also included the following video in her message. It features Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Boys, giving his take on consistent writing:
Writing is no different. We become writers with daily practice. Getting in touch with our unique voices. Writing fast, writing free. Progress may be so incremental as to be unnoticeable, just as a pianist doesn't go from chopsticks to Chopin. Some days you'll hate what you write. But one day, something astonishing will come pouring out of you and you'll wonder where the hell it came from.
It came from the 1,183 writing exercises that preceded it. Exercises where you trained your mind to focus, where you learned to trust your voice, to step out of your way, to let it flow. Practice writing like practicing scales, may not seem very glamorous. Bring your passion to it anyway. That's the work of an artist.
It seems as though a constant flow of writing is the best way to find your best work. Even small exercises on a consistent basis can help keep you in good practice. I myself participate in LAwritersgroup.com's writer's groups, and I completely agree with what Kat and Ray have said. Writer's groups and writing workshops provide their members the opportunity to practice their skill in an open forum with other writers just as dedicated to their craft. So I ask you this: do you practice your writing on a consistent basis? Do you think that this "fine tuning" and practicing approach can be effective?
Friday, February 26, 2010
Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and preferences.
On an ongoing basis we also read poems written in repeating forms for our sister publication, Tilt-a-Whirl. Guidelines at the bottom of theUmbrella submit page.
Deadline: April 10, 2009
MaryAnka Press, P.O. Box 102, Huffman, Texas 77336. Sample copy of Issue 1 available. Full guidelines and ordering information can be found at
Glass is an online poetry journal that appears two times a year (June and December). We want to see poetry that enacts the artistic and creative purity of glass. We seek to promote new and established poets by publishing their work. We are not bound by any specific aesthetic; our only mission is to present high quality writing. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and “light” verse are less likely to inspire us. All will be judged on the quality of the content of the poem. We like poems that show a careful understanding of language, music, passion and creativity and poems that surprise us.
Previous contributors include Rane Arroyo, Jim Daniels, Louie Crew, Susan Deer Cloud, Dan Nowak, Lisa Fay Coutley, Joseph Hutchison, Glen Sheldon, Adam Houle, Brent Newsom, Kyi May Kaung, Katie Hartsock and Maw Shein Win, among others.
We accept submissions between September 1 and May 31. Full submission guidelines can be found at http:// www. glass-poetry . com. Please read our submission guidelines carefully.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I can often write with background noise. TV on, no problem. Neighbors slamming doors and having obscenely loud conversations just outside my window - no sweat. But music? Music infiltrates. I've even caught myself absentmindedly injecting the words to a song into my prose - which I go back and change, of course.
I deeply connect with music, and yet I don't listen to it enough. I love it, but now I know why I don't turn it on as often as I think I should, especially when writing. It's an emotional experience for me. Each song crawls into my nervous system and takes control of my dopamine and serotonin receptors and adjusts them accordingly. Writing does the same thing to me. Maybe that's why they don't mix so well in my world.
Do you write with the tunes on in the background? What's your experience?