In like a ferret

Best NaNoWriMo analogy so far, courtesy of Chris Baty:
“For some background on all the 2008 records that we are currently demolishing like a ferret in a Lego museum…”

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Some Writerly Tidbits for August

Weekly Writing Quote

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.”
~ Graham Greene

Writing is…

Writing is a product of silence.
~ Carrie Latet

Writing is a struggle against silence.
~ Carlos Fuentes

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
~ Jules Renard, Journal, 10 April 1895

Writing is both mask and unveiling.
~ E.B. White

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
~ Franz Kafka

Weekly Writing Quote

The written word
Should be clean as bone,
Clear as light,
Firm as stone.
Two words are not
As good as one.
  ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Thanks to No Excuses. Just Write. for the quote.

Saturday Scribes Feb. 6: Breaking the Rules

This week Saturday Scribes is all about breaking the rules.  You can, of course, choose to follow the theme and word prompt as usual if you prefer (located below).  But our challenge to you is to do something different this week.  Take those tried and true writing rules (plot? what plot?) and throw them out the window.  Or – if you’re normally the rebellious type – you could try *following* some of the rules you normally love to hate. 

Whatever you choose to do, let us know what you think about writing rules in general.  What rules do you regularly break?  What classic writing rules do you think should be done away with forever? Are there rules you believe should never be broken?  Feel free to link to other writing rules lists in the comments section, whether they be serious, or tongue-in-cheek (like the following by William Safire):

  • Do not put statements in the negative form.
  • And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
  • If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
    great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  • Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  • Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
  • De-accession euphemisms.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  • Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.
    ~ William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

Theme: revolution

Words:
now
foment
hypocrisy

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Weekly Writing Quote

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
~ Vita Sackville-West

Quote source: quotegarden.com

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt Jan. 23

May Liberty meet wi’ success!
May Prudence protect her frae evil!
May tyrants and tyranny tine i’ the mist,
And wander their way to the devil!”
   ~ Robert Burns, “Here’s a Health to Them That’s Awa”

Theme: Poetry & Song

Words:
tyranny
rose
darkening
bower

We’ll be sure to raise a glass to the bard on Jan. 25th. 
In the meantime, if you feel like trying your hand at a Burns-esque poem of your own, we’ve included a handy list of some of his other favourite words below.

 woods
 strife
 stream
 love
 lassie
 lark
 lad
 hill
 highlands
 heather
 health
 green
 glen
 glass
 friend
 flower
 farewell
 far
 fair
 dale
 dear
 bottle
 bosom
 banks

Specifically Scots Words:
 awa (away)
 auld (old)
 bonie (bonny)
 braes (a slope or hillside; often as “banks & braes”)
 rovin’ (roving)

For more on Robbie Burns, including an impressive compendium of his poems and songs, visit Robert Burns Country.

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts Jan. 16

There’s nane ever fear’d that the truth should be heard,
But they whom the truth would indite.
   ~ Robbie Burns, “Here’s a Health to Them That’s Awa”

Theme: Old Acquaintances

Words:
parting
wild
mountain
grace

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Weekly Writing Quote

i never think at all when i write
nobody can do two things at the same time
and do them both well
~ Don Marquis, Archy’s Life of Mehitabel, 1933

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