Wander Back to the Wonder My pencil is weary, my neck muscles cramped, my brain’s in a fog, for ideas I’m stumped. I believe that it’s time for a good writing break. But how shall I spend it? What route should I take? I could tackle the ironing, vacuum the floor, scrub all the
The Write Course for You
Violet’s post got lost in the shuffle. I missed posting it last week but wanted to share it with you today. Enjoy!
The Write Course for You
The streams of kids returning to school in September draw our attention to education. This month we’re falling right in line by discussing writing courses we’ve taken. Several stand out for me.
I’m all for respecting the rhythms of the year. When it seems that the whole world is on vacation, I feel like going on vacation too. Working this “logic” into a writing life can be tricky, especially if the summer is your main time to write.
There are plenty of important issues in our world these days with expertise and opinions floating around about them on TV, radio, the internet, books, and magazines. From the state of U.S. politics to the moral climate of Canada, most Christian writers probably have opinions about these things. I know I do. Most of the
You’ve just had an amazing idea. Like a good writer, you jotted it in your notebook and later wrote about it. Trouble is, your piece didn’t turn out nearly as brilliant as you thought it would. Before you “Delete” or toss your handwritten draft into the round file, try revision on it.
Here, on the doorstep of April, I’m celebrating because it’s almost National Poetry Month! What better time to think and talk about how to improve our writing in general, poetry-writing in particular? And so, I’m excited to share eight resources that have helped me in writing about poetry (as a many-year online and FellowScript poetry columnist) and in writing poems themselves.
It hit me recently that I’ve been at this writing thing for 20+ years. I sold my first story—a Keys for Kids devotion—in March of 1997. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, then, that the honeymoon with the writing craft is long past and some days my love for it falters.
I’ve done many things to keep that love alive. Here are some that I’ve tried. If you and writing are having relationship problems, they might work for you too.
Happy New Year!
By now you’ve probably switched calendars, thought about—maybe even listed—a few resolutions and goals for the year, and caught yourself writing 2016 instead of 2017 a time or two. Plus, you may have chosen your one word for 2017.
A wonderful way to remember someone after they have died is to write a poem about them. Such a poem of remembrance is called an elegy.
The Poetry Dictionary defines elegy: “A poem for someone who has died; also called a lament and threnody. Elegies are love poems for the dead, tributes and offerings to loss” – John Drury, The Poetry Dictionary, p. 88.
The interesting thing about elegies is that though they’re written about someone, their subject will never read them. So we write them for ourselves and others left behind.
There aren’t any rules for writing elegies. “They come in all forms—rhymed, free verse, even prose paragraphs whose sole purpose is to soothe rather than impress” – Michael Bugeja, The Art and Craft of Poetry, p. 134.
Chances are good if you are a writer or have ever considered writing as a career or avocation, you’ve had some of the following fears:
- People will see what a bad speller I am, and terrible at grammar to boot.
- What I write will show me up as simple, unsophisticated, boring, etc.
- I’ll work long hours on a story or article only to find it’s all for nothing; my work will never sell.
- I won’t find an agent.
- What I have to say will get lost in all there is to read.
- The market is already saturated with writers; there isn’t room for another novelist (essayist, apologist, Bible teacher, devotional writer, etc.).