Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

25-cent words for 5 cents

by limebirdkate

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

William Faulkner speaking of Ernest Hemingway

There is a good debate among writers and readers alike about vocabulary. Do big words improve the content, or do they obscure it?

December 29, 2011

Letters From My Younger Self

by limebirdwriters

Since I can remember, I have always loved to write. Whether it was scribbling things on a scrappy piece of paper, or writing extensive thank you notes to various relatives. I was always with a pen and some paper, jotting things down.

I recently received an email from my mum, which had a couple of pictures in it, asking if I could remember writing them. I opened them up and was presented with two letters that I had written to my Nan and Grandad between the ages of 8 and 11.

December 28, 2011

May the Force be With You.

by Neeks

“May the force be with you.”  ~Star Wars

We’ve all heard those memorable lines from movies and books that we end up quoting and repeating over the years.    “A rose by any other name…,” Shakespeare.  “I’ll be back,” from the Terminator.  “Nevermore!” Edgar Allen Poe.  Just hearing one of these lines brings to mind the movie or story that they come from and instantly take you back to it.  You remember who said it and what they were doing in the story when they said it.  “God bless us, every one!”  ~ as Tiny Tim so eloquently put it.

Those often quoted lines helped make someone famous.  The writer, the director, the actor that read the lines.  Youtube’s viral videos not withstanding, most of these lines started with someone putting a pen to paper and doing the hard work of writing them down.

December 27, 2011

I Resolve to Write and…

by limebirdkate

For the past three years, my New Year’s Resolution has been to write. Simple as that. And I have honored my resolution each year. I wrote. I wrote every day. I even found a time to write where I wouldn’t be interrupted, just so I could follow through on my promise.

But now it is not enough to resolve “to write.” I have to step it up. I need to challenge myself. Therefore, I am resolving to write—and write better.

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