From Nanowrimo, to fountain pens, and general writing tips, this week’s article links are sure to help you get ready for National Novel Writing Month. This year I’m writing a science fiction novel set on the planet Mars. What are you working on? Enjoy the articles!
On those dark and gloomy days when it feels like the world has turned away from our work, we can always rely on our pets to make us smile again.
Pets play an important role in the life of a writer.So, I have given some thought to the job description for a writer’s pet. Here goes:
Vacancy For A Writer’s Pet.
About The Role:
Animal needed to provide long-term emotional and creative support to a writer.
Can vary each week. Dependent upon a number of factors:
- The writer’s feelings towards their work.
- The writer’s procrastination levels.
- The amount of emotional support a writer gets from a human loved one. If they don’t get enough emotional support the pet will have to step in and do overtime.
This is a live in role with the writer.
Key Duties /Responsibilities:
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Lately, more so than usual, I’ve been creating stories about the people I don’t know.
I’ve always done this to some extent. Many writers do. We look at the world around us, and tell stories to tie it all together. But I’ve been doing it more and more frequently.
Behind my apartment, there is a man who waters plants. He is a reedy giant of a man, and he has the greenest thumb in the world. He grows South American ferns and vibrant lilies on his porch in the middle of winter. He has tried to repress his magical talent since he was a boy, you see, because the world isn’t kind to those who are different. He has mostly been successful, but tendrils of power still sneak out to woo the plants. He knows this. He doesn’t try particularly hard to stop it.
Then there are the spies. They…
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As many of you know, I am a poetry nerd, which is why I am incredibly excited to share The New Yorker’s new Poetry Bot.
By following the Bot on Twitter or Facebook Messenger, people can receive excerpts from different poems every day for the next three months. The poems have been chosen by The New Yorker’s poetry editor and coordinator and include works by Audre Lorde, Dorothy Parker, Joseph Brodsky, and many, many more.
And fun fact: the Bot was created by the same folks who made an interactive fortune-telling bot and the Harry Potter-esque “Sorting Bot”, which sorted followers into Hogwart’s houses using rhyming quatrains. Technology really can be grand.
I’ve found another great contest for writers; The Missouri Review is now holding its annual Miller Audio Prize.
This contest is a little different than some of the others that I’ve shared. As the name indicates, entries must involve an audio element. Participants may submit a piece of poetry, prose, humorous writing, or audio documentary with the stipulation that the work is read aloud and sent to The Missouri Review in mp3 format. This is a great opportunity for people who use rhythmic elements in their writing or whose prose otherwise benefits from being spoken.
The first prize winner for each of the contest categories will receive a $1000 prize, and the deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. If this sounds like it is up your alley, you can find more information and hear recordings from previous winners at the contest page.
Best of luck to anyone who…
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