This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors.
Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing.
Short Story Scribe – when in doubt we must remember Poe and passions. In my own way, I understand your journey and I’m glad you shared yours.
“Just because a reader doesn’t reach out to you doesn’t mean they weren’t affected by your words.” Truer words, Meg Dowell
Support each other. Share and reshare.
Into the second half
Awaiting us all
Who only just
To move deeper
You had ever
Believed and known
To an upward
I tend to agree with Edgar Allan Poe who believed that all works should be short. “There is”, he writes, “a distinct limit… to all works of literary art—the limit of a single sitting.” He especially emphasized this “rule” with regards to poetry, but also noted that the short story is superior to the novel for this reason.
It was in the fifth or sixth grade, I believe. The class was watching a film bringing to life Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart. A gruesome story to be sure, but on that day, I fell in love with Macabre Master’s work. During library time, I read a book of his short stories, and it was then I knew I wanted to tell my own tales.
In class, I received plenty of encouragement. First from Mr. Ron Rincavage in junior high, and then from Miss Ann Roback in high school.
Like Poe, my writing was full of dark imagery. Many of my stories centered on death and violence. I shudder to think what medications would be dispensed if I was a student in this day and age. However, waaay back in the 70s and 80s, teachers sought to embolden and expand our imaginations.
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1. There are a lot of people out there sharing their words. Not all of them have found their own unique voices yet to help them stand out. Keep writing, and you will find yours.
2. Find a cause/topic you genuinely care about and let your passion for it shine through the words you write. Words become magical when they’re written truly from the heart.
3. Choose an audience you feel you can connect with. Words read differently when people know they have something in common with the person who wrote them.
4. The only way to learn how to do better is by doing. Failure is an opportunity to grow.
5. Just because a reader doesn’t reach out to you doesn’t mean they weren’t affected by your words.
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