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  •  I thoroughly enjoy your illuminating, deeply felt (8+ / 0-)

    comments. I know you've written book diaries before. Please, sir, may we have some more?

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 11:58:09 AM PST

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    •  I'd feel funny about it (11+ / 0-)

      I might, though, like to do something like "Why The Dunciad is worth your time" or, if a workshop I'm doing next week works, "Why writers should start with theme, not self."

      I'd love to just introduce folks to some of the characters who star in Pope's Dunciad. Not all the dunces are dunces, but the major dunces are pretty bad. I wrote the original Edmund Curll page at Wikipedia, and I don't think it has been changed much.

      Creative writing workshops emphasize "write what you know" and "look inside," and that's fine, but we know what happens when people do that. We get autobiography. We get novels about writers going to their high school reunions. I'd like to talk about how a person can start with, "What's bugging you" and then think of a metaphor or symbol for it and then work backward to events or characters who could enact or create that metaphor or symbol. I'm fixing to try this idea with some young writers. If the results are good, I'll try to work on it, since we do have a writing community.

      Everyone's innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 12:18:17 PM PST

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      •  Connie Willis has written, (4+ / 0-)
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        Brecht, suka, poco, RiveroftheWest

        in an intro to a story in her collection Impossible Things, (http://en.wikipedia.org/...) that she started with the idea "if this goes on..." and followed it from there. I don't recall which story it was, but it might have been the one about censorship in the name of PC (e.g. not offending anyone, ever) and Shakespeare: "Ado"

        B/c the forces of Political Correctness and Never Offending an Idiot's Sensibilities have basically reduced "Much Ado About Nothing" to that single word: "Ado"

        It's a terrific story. And it's not "write what you know" but "write what you can imagine." I'm sure you know what I mean.

        Looking forward to seeing you blog about your writing workshops, The Geogre. At least, I certainly hope that you will bring your experiences to us via Readers & Book Lovers posts.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 11:40:35 PM PST

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