Give Sorrow Words

I expect there should be content warnings, but recommend reading the essay Eileen wrote. Yes, of course I cried too.

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By Eileen Vorbach Collins

I have an essay that went live this week. I wrote it months ago and I’m happy that it’s found a good home. It’s a very personal piece that was a sucker-punch to write and, if not for my critique group, would have ended up yet another discarded half-finished thought in a drawer.

I read that piece last night and cried. Not just a little whimper but a good long lament with lots of tears and noise. Then I thought, What have I done? I already know this story. If it makes me weep, why the hell would anyone else want to read it? Who’d want to subject themselves to my pain?

These thoughts were fueled in part by my recent experience in two book clubs. In one, when it was my turn to choose the book, I picked a memoir. I’d wept when I…

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Review: Where There is A Will

By Michel Vimal Du Monteil (Hawkeye Books, Australia) I received an advanced copy from Hawkeye in exchange for an unbiased review Paul, originally French but settled for many years in Australia, is a wealthy, retired businessman. He reads that ‘a massive swell [is] about to hammer Sydney’s beaches' and sets off with his surfboard to … Continue reading Review: Where There is A Will

The Via Feminina: Revisioning the Heroine’s Journey by Mary Sharratt —

Reblog of this piece. How am I 52 years old and this is the first day I found out about The Heroine’s Journey? How? Excuse me whilst I disappear down a wormhole. I’m off to finish reading The Writer’s Journey by Vogler and then The Heroine’s Journey by Murdock. Here’s Murdock’s webpage and explanation of … Continue reading The Via Feminina: Revisioning the Heroine’s Journey by Mary Sharratt —

Why “Gentle Writing Advice,” Exactly? — Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds

If you follow me on Twitter (you fool), you may have seen that I have been doing a thread over there of so-called GENTLE WRITING ADVICE. (That thread is here.) And I just wanted to talk about, for a moment, why I’m doing that. So, an indeterminate amount of time ago — my Pandemic Brain…Why “Gentle … Continue reading Why “Gentle Writing Advice,” Exactly? — Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds

Review: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and other stories

By Hilary Mantel (2014) This is a patchy collection of stories. I only liked three of them. Lots of reviews don't like all of them, though amusingly they all differ in which ones they think are good. Here's the review that I agreed with most. James Lasdun in the Guardian. I read the collection to … Continue reading Review: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and other stories

Writing a Synopsis

I’m reblogging this extremely thorough explanation of what’s required for my MA synopsis – so I don’t lose it! 

Masters Degree Creative Writing: A Journal

For our next TMA, we
have to write a synopsis for the major work we’ll be submitting at
the end of the year. I’ve been looking into what a synopsis involves.
These websites have been very helpful:

Jericho Writers: How to Write a Novel Synopsis

Writers and Artists: Write a Great Synopsis

The Literary Consultancy: How to Write a Synopsis

Marissa Meyer: 6 Steps for Writing a Book Synopsis

First question, what is a synopsis? It’s a summary of the plot of
your novel, including the ending and any major plot twists. It should
show the hook or premise. When pitching to an agent or publisher, you
would typically send a synopsis of your work along with a covering
letter and perhaps the opening chapters of the novel. The style of
your synopsis can be quite dry, written in neutral language; Marissa
Meyer describes it as stripped of ‘intrigue, humour…

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