John Gardner | On Becoming a Novelist | #36

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“Fiction, like sculpture or painting, begins with a rough sketch. One gets down the characters and their behavior any way one can, knowing the sentences will have to be revised, knowing the characters’ actions may change. It makes no difference how clumsy the sketch is—sketches are not supposed to be polished and elegant. All that matters is that, going over and over the sketch as if one had all eternity for finishing one’s story, one improves now this sentence, now that, noticing what changes the new sentences urge, and in the process one gets the characters and their behavior clearer in one’s head, gradually discovering deeper and deeper implications of the characters’ problems and hopes.” ― 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 Prompt #153

Weekly Writing Challenge #153
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

(5) Words: | VERSE | ROUND | TEST | FORCE | STAGE |

*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: Happy Idleness | Remembrance of Things Pass #161

HAPPY IDLENESS

“Alas, how little I felt that what he was saying applied to me, whom all reasoning, however exalted it might be, left cold, who was happy only in moments of pure idleness, when I was comfortable and well. I felt how purely material was everything that I desired in life, and how easily I could dispense with the intellect.” ― Marcel Proust

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout | a movie trailer

Some missions are not a choice.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
| Full Movie Trailer in Full HD | 2:52

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Rated . . . PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language
Genre . . . Action . Adventure . Thriller
Length . . . 2h 27m
Released . . . 27 July 2018 (USA)

By combining a complex plot for thinkers, an action-adventure for thrill-seekers, and a buddy-comedy dynamic for those still on the fence, (it’s) prebuilt to accomplish what few can: appeal to just about everyone and sacrifice nothing for it. . . Kevin A. Ranson . MovieCrypt.com

Stars:
Tom Cruise . . . Ethan Hunt
Henry Cavill . . . August Walker
Ving Rhames . . . Luther Stickell
Simon Pegg . . . Benji Dunn
Angela Bassett . . . Erica Sloan

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Writer’s Workshop | a short film

Things not spoken at a writer’s workshop or one at least one would hope. Enter as a listener & evaluate what you hear. – j.k

Writer’s Workshop
Ryan Francis Johnson

Aspiring writer, Jeremy, attends an exclusive writer’s workshop session. A dark, absurdist look at the world of peer review.

CAST:
Grayson Low – Jeremy
Larissa Pruett – Layla
Kevin David Lin – Michael
Bessie Jo Hill – Denise
Nathan Trumbull – Sherman
Dylan Werth – Clark/Ghost Clark

Writer/Director/Editor: Ryan Francis Johnson