I already long for conversation about writing, about words, about creating worlds with words. It hasn`t been easy transitioning back into the "real world", but that is always the challenge when you spend time with like-hearted people who would rather create than consume in this world.
|Banff Writing with Style- Spring 2012|
|(Poetry, Short Fiction, Novel-First Chapter, Creative Non-Fiction||)|
I`d like to conclude this series of posts dedicated to my writing experience with the following things I learned while in Banff. (This is just a tiny list.) Many of the lessons I learned, from my mentor Merylin Simonds. It was an honour to have spent this time with her. She is a true Artist. A true professional. Her dedication to her craft humbles me and inspires me.
*Don`t use adverbs. Ever.
*Use little adjectives.
*Always write your first drafts freehand.
*Ask yourself: How does this serve the story?
*Show don`t tell. Show don`t tell. Show don`t tell.
*VOICE is everything. (It`s your brand, no matter what you write.)
*Deep mechanics defines your writing. Anybody can write a first draft.
*Danielle Daniel is a good author`s name.
*Prose is my new favorite word.
*A personal essay is a form of self-discovery.
*Get an Agent.
*Creative Non-Fiction is the creative interpretation of reality. (Galiano)
*Key elements = unflinching honesty and vulnerability (Simonds)
*Rejection is inevitable.
*Writing is music. (Simonds)
*Don't be afraid to spend a whole day on one sentence. (Simonds)
*Step away. (Simonds)
*Nobody cares if you do it but you. (Simonds)
*Writing is lovely lonely work. (Simonds)
*When you feel the fear and do it anyway...AMAZING things can happen.
I know why I'm now different.
I'm a writer.
I can finally say it, own it and believe it.
I`m a writer.
A very lovely, lonely writer.