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Last poet standing! [07 Apr 2011|07:34pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I'm joining a poetry community that looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. Every week there will be a prompt to write a different type of poem. The winner even gets a prize!

They need some more folks to join before they can get started though. Please consider joining.

Do You Like To Write?

Like to write? Love writing poetry? Great! There is a new challenge, called lastpoetstandng, where you write a a poem every week based on a different style of poetry prompt! Then they get voted on and the person with the least votes is out that week and the person with the most is safe the next week till you have one author standing who wins! What do you win? A snazzy graphic and a $10 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You don't even need to be a GREAT writer!

..who will come out on top?
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Charloft Halloween Contest! Win books! [23 Oct 2008|12:02am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

charloft provides daily prompts for novelists, roleplayers, NaNo writers, fiction writers, and fanfic writers. If you've got a character that just won't get out of your head, come on down and let them roam in the Charloft! Participate as often or as infrequently as you like. No pesty application - just join up and you're ready to go.

Best of all, Charloft will offer awards and prizes for some of our activities. These will range from banners and badges for your user info to actual prizes like books on writing and paid LJ time. Check out our current contest to win some books by writing a Halloween themed story with your characters! We will also have a NaNoWrimo themed contest in November, and some special activities for the upcoming holidays.

We allow for roleplaying, character questions, and other interactive activities outside of prompts - so there's always something to do at the Charloft!

Over 200 members in our first week and growing - come join the fun!

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Everything Is an Afterthought [23 Apr 2007|01:59pm]

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, Paul Nelson (famous for his Rolling Stone reviews of Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, the Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and the Ramones, as well as his cover story about Warren Zevon's battle with alcoholism), and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant critic, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...
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To Dance on Sands [22 Jul 2006|11:47pm]

[ mood | achy ]

Marta Becket is her own best friend, and her splendid autobiography suggests that's how it should be for anybody who fancies herself an artist, dancer, painter, composer, or writer -- all of which, not coincidentally, Ms. Becket happens to be. Beyond mere autobiography, To Dance on Sands: The Life and Art of Death Valley's Marta Becket, examines the ascetic lifestyle she chose and all its attendant self-sacrifices (including, for many years, love).

I first wrote about Ms. Becket and her work last March in my post "Are You Saved?" The subject of Todd Robinson's exquisite documentary Amargosa, Ms. Becket is a New York City-born dancer who almost 40 years ago found herself smack-dab in the middle of some of the most godforsaken territory imaginable -- Death Valley Junction, California -- and never left. Ms. Becket, who turns 82 on August 9th, doesn't rely on the town's population (depending on your source, somewhere between two and twenty) to come see her dance, however. As in Field of Dreams, people come from around the world to witness what she has created. Death Valley Junction is her Iowa cornfield, and the amazing Amargosa Opera House is her baseball diamond.

Fans of Amargosa expecting To Dance on Sands to be fat with tales of her life in Death Valley may be disappointed, as it occupies only a single chapter. What comes before details the road traveled to get there, a path that proved that dancing wasn't her only means of expression, and the decisions rendered along the way that ultimately determined the route she took. Ms. Becket's story is a fascinating and compelling one, so much so that the occasionally clunky writing style is forgiven. What she's writing about rises above any such shortcomings, and provides a handbook for anybody interested in art and the space it occupies in our lives.

Throughout her own life, Ms. Becket again and again confronts the question whether or not it is right for an artist to expect so much of one's self at the expense of others. (While she painted the magnificent mural that graces her beloved opera house, her husband,whose love and devotion was always somewhat suspect, felt neglected and sought attention elsewhere.) She asks if what she does is "necessary" and wonders whether she might have been happier as "someone ordinary."

Marta Becket asks the questions that all artists must ask themselves. Given her life and accomplishments, the answers are contained within her fine book.

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Contest to Rid Writer's Block! [25 Apr 2006|03:58pm]

[ mood | productive ]

I've announced a small contest, designed to help overcome writer's block, over at my blog Mere Words. You're all invited to participate.

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Writer's Block [22 Apr 2006|02:10pm]

I just posted some thoughts on writer's block over at my blog Mere Words. Your comments and thoughts on the subject are encouraged. Enjoy.
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The Writer's Block Assisgnment by Jason Rekulak [20 Apr 2006|10:04pm]

I have a book called "The Writer's Block" by Jason Rekulak. I haven't used it in a long time but tonight it's working for me.
The assignment: Invent a character who sees a phone number on a restroom wall. Describe what happens when he or she dials it.
Good luck!
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[20 Apr 2006|08:30pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hi, I am new to LJ and to this community. Is there an assignment or prompt that people are writing right now? Where is the inspiration?

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[18 Mar 2006|05:01pm]


Someone posts a poem, quote, song lyric, picture, etc. (quote the source, of course). Then we, IN REPLY, give back an original piece that is inpired by it.

Members post songs - either the actual song for download, or just the lyrics - and then we all respond with poetry&prose inspired by the song or lyrics.

x-posted, naturally
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A writing prompt community [28 Dec 2005|07:17pm]

Whatever inspires a writer to start putting words down is a good thing.


Here we will offer simple writing prompts. One word, a sentence or phrase – anything that might spark an idea that develops into some kind of written result.

Any member may offer a prompt! Just remember that we want to keep it SIMPLE, so that the writers have as much freedom as possible to let their imaginations go wild.

Read User Info for details.
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