I've started gathering all my articles on writing in one convenient place. If anyone has a topic they'd like me to address, shoot me an email. You can check my Guest Blog @Lorna Suzuki's! 'How to Make a Story Ring True.' Thanks Lorna!
Follow your bliss and doors will open where once there were only walls. Joseph Campbell
Introduction: All writers are on a hero’s journey. They face the same challenges as Jason and the Argonauts, Psyche and Eros, or any other person who ever stepped out of their comfort zone and into the unknown. To fully appreciate this is to come into alignment with oneself. The first step is awareness and that means seeing the adventure for what it is—an archetypal journey. It can mean the difference between feeling helpless or powerful, stuck or fulfilled. Read the full article on Merrille Faber's Not Enough Words
Join us on 10th August at 8pm when we're chatting with Kim Falconer. The topic of the evening? "Blood Sugar Sex Magic: Sex and the SF Fantasy writer" Hope to see you here!
If you think writing sex is simply a matter of describing an image from the Kama Sutra and adding ‘oh yeah, do it to me baby!’ this chat is for you. Unless writing pornography, sex scenes spark contradictory attitudes, values and beliefs. They show who the characters are behind closed doors. Sex can be playful, dangerous, erotic and transformative. It can also carry tones of anger, resentment and revenge. Writing sex is not about anatomy and physiology, though it helps to have a working knowledge there. Whether good, bad, fast, slow, human, paranormal or bestial, sex is an intense and intimate experience that reveals deeper levels of personality as well as cultural and social paradigms.Come join the team at FANGtastic Books on August 10, 8 pm, when Kim Falconer gets down and dirty on a topic often overlooked and easily misunderstood in both genre and literary fiction.
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And don't forget the Voyager Blog--I'm often contributing there! And don't overlook The Specusphere a cutting edge ezine for speculative fiction. There are more resources and individual author sites in the Links Panel. Email me if you have something to include! Also find links to my articles on revision, immersion and evoking the muse.
AC: Perhaps I am reading more into this name than I should, but . . .is this the reason why you chose the name (Gaela) and ‘played’ with it to reflect both your story premise and your own philosophy? Or was it serendipity?
Abstract: Linear models for writing follow a ‘first . . .then . . .finally’ approach placing revision at the end—after the creative act (Sommers, 1980). This methodology is useful when editing for grammatical errors and syntax though a more holistic and ‘intra-writing’ approach supports revising for meaning. Using five key elements—point of view, time as structure, detail, dialog and register—revision for meaning is explored in the context of an example short story. Excerpts from a variety of novels and other works are also referenced. By being aware of these elements throughout the writing process, writers will be able to improve revision, clarifying meaning and adding weight to their narrative. View PDF
The Participation Mystique as an alternative model to the willing suspension of disbelief in reader/audience immersion
Abstract: The predominate explanation for immersion in fiction—novels, films, electronic games, theatre—is the willing suspension of disbelief. This model is examined and found unable to account for the depth of emotional engagement in reader/audiences. Through a discussion of plausibility and belief, and the binary opposites of imagined and real emotions, the concept of a ‘third space’ of engagement with fiction is considered, supported by the ideas of Holland (2002) Winnicott, (1998) and Jung (1971). Tolkien’s (1966) concept of a ‘secondary world’ is related to Lucien Levi-Bruhl’s participation mystique proposing the latter as an alternative model to the willing suspension of disbelief in reader/audience immersion. This hypothesis has potential ramifications across multiple disciplines—literature, arts, philosophy, sociology, psychology and behavioral sciences—inviting further consideration and study. View PDF
A Practical Guide for Fiction Writers
Kim Falconer. LPW504-SP 2 Swinburne University of Technology. August 3, 2007 - Print Version
Abstract: Many writers refer to creative inspiration as the Muse—an illusive creature beyond their control. By exploring the notion of inspired creativity through a multidisciplinary approach of mythology, fairytale and the collective unconscious, an archetypal image is revealed, depicting the Muse in her ancient guise, and through the symbolism of mermaids. Residing in the depths of the unconscious, the ebb and flow of creativity is highlighted, offering strategies on how to attract the Muse and encourage her to stay. The hypertext links give instant access to references, definitions, examples of author interviews and sites for further study. Concluding with practical exercises for approaching the ‘blank page,’ this site offers a ‘how to’ guide for writers who want to make friends with their inner Muse.Top
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