John Gardner | On Becoming a Novelist | #21

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“The question one asks of the young writer who wants to know if he’s got what it takes is this: “Is writing novels what you want to do? Really want to do?”
If the young writer answers, “Yes,” then all one can say is: “Do it. In fact, he will anyway.”

“one sign of a writer’s potential is his especially sharp ear—and eye—for language.”

“The writer sensitive to language finds his own metaphors, not simply because he has been taught to avoid clichés but because he enjoys finding an exact and vivid metaphor, one never before thought of, so far as he knows.”

“The more often one finds the magic key, whatever it is, the more easily the soul’s groping fingers come to land on it. In magic as in other things, success brings success.” ― John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist


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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism . including . On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away. – j.kiley

Weekly Writing Challenge #138

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | ANGEL | CLIFF | FAKE | SCAR | NIGHT |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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Proust: ‘Procrastination’ (u no its all b.s.) Remembrance of Things Pass #146

PROCRASTINATION (U NO ITS ALL B.S.)

“Had I been less firmly resolved upon settling down definitively to work, I should perhaps have made an effort to begin at once. But since my resolution was explicit, since within twenty-four hours, in the empty frame of the following day where everything was so well-arranged because I myself was not yet in it, my good intention would be realized without difficulty, it was better not to start on an evening when I felt ill-prepared. The following days were not, alas, to prove more propitious. But I was reasonable. It would have been puerile, on the part of one who had waited now for years, not to put up with a postponement of two or three days. Confident that by the day after tomorrow I should have written several pages, I said not a word more to my parents of my decision; I preferred to remain patient and then to bring to a convinced and comforted grandmother a sample of work that was already under way. Unfortunately the next day was not that vast, extraneous expanse of time to which I had feverishly looked forward. When it drew to a close, my laziness and my painful struggle to overcome certain internal obstacles had simply lasted twenty-four hours longer. And at the end of several days, my plans not having matured, I had no longer the same hope that they would be realized at once, and hence no longer the heart to subordinate everything else to their realization: I began once again to keep late hours…” ― Marcel Proust

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Sylvia’s Death | a poem

SYLVIA’S DEATH
For Sylvia Plath

O Sylvia, Sylvia,
with a dead box of stones and spoons

with two children, two meteors
wandering loose in the tiny playroom

with your mouth into the sheet,
into the roofbeam, into the dumb prayer

(O Sylvia, Sylvia,
where did you go
after you wrote me
from Devonshire
about raising potatoes
and keeping bees?)

what did you stand by,
just how did you lie down into?

Thief!—
how did you crawl into,

crawl down alone
into the death I wanted so badly and for so long,

the death we said we both outgrew,
the one we wore on our skinny breasts,

By Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton

Toke For Sanity & Peace | Happy 420

FREE THE LEAF 4/20

Free All Those Incarcerated For Marijuana Arrests Of Which The MAJORITY Are Black Hispanic And People Of Color. With Few Exceptions White People Have Had The Privilege Of  Using Cannabis Without Legal Consequences. Stop Treating Everyone Who Uses Marijuana/Cannabis As CRIMINALS. We Are Not Now And Never Were! j.k

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David Lynch In Four Movements | a short film | Haiku Review

Haiku Review

After watching the short film David Lynch In Four Movements . If you like to write a HAIKU REVIEW – leave Haiku in the Comment section of this post or your own . Express the views you feel about the ‘Moveable Painting’ …

A new short will appear on Fridays so feel the Muse when it happens.

One of the ways to write Haiku is using the 5-7-5 syllable combination . often writing one or more verses. It is an option . not a rule. Enjoy the fun and creativity of 1st) viewing the short film . 2nd) looking for your Haiku and creating it 3rd) sharing it if you so desire.

Here’s to the Haiku Review Challenge
Cheers! – j.kiley

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by j.kiley

Surreal his mind
Reality is blinding
A character grows

Multiple world views
Story telling bouncing out
Strange . acceptable

© j.kiley 2018
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Best Viewing Experience Open Video Full Screen

David Lynch in Four Movements 2018 Edition | Richard Vezina

Rate . . . PG
Genre . . . Tribute to David Lynch . Twin Peaks . Laura Palmer . Surreal . Film Art
Length . . . 19m 58s

This tribute/mashup to David Lynch was created in 2005 and shown initially in 2011. The 2018 edition is a new HD version that includes season 3 of Twin Peaks.

Music : Angelo Badalamenti/David Lynch : Questions In A World Of Blue, The Pink Room, Into The Night, Mysteries of Love

Vocal : Julee Cruise

Films: Inland Empire, Mulholland Dr., The Straight Story, Lost Highway, Fire Walk with Me, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet, Dune, The Elephant Man, Eraserhead, The Grandmother, The Alphabet