Category Archives: Writer’s Notebook

Inspiration for writing, ideas to be developed, may be photos, videos, quotes or thoughts that occur in daily life or quick experience which may all be fuel for various aspects of writing. Random items collected by the author of clarkewrite.com.

The Six Word Story—Who started it?

The six word story is a wonderful challenge to take on …the shortest of short stories.  Can you use less words or would one more word say a 7 word story be better?  Visit Open Culture Online to get the low down on when the six word story first appeared in English Literature.  Hemingway is given credit for this literary device but this assertion is hotly disputed by many online pundits and English Literature historians.

Can it be disputed that  six words popularly attributed to Hemingway   (For sale, baby shoes. Never worn.) is quite well crafted and tells a sad tale.  Perhaps the word order and punctuation is what makes this a beautiful piece of writing.  We can at least attribute the crafting of the story to Hemingway.  There is art in crafting a story after all.

In this post modern era we could incorporate text and image into the six word story.  The juxtaposition and interplay between image and word could create some very interesting brief stories. See my Puffy White Delights post.

Try it out and post one below!

Or post it on this website Six Word Stories . Net.

Writer’s Block—Oh no!!!

I am experiencing writer’s block.  Usually I don’t write because of work and family distractions and Netflix addictions. I visited Brainstorming Block.  The author at the website suggested exercise and just writing any drivel. But how is it that I who admittedly have a lot to say can’t think of an entire thing right now? More internet research helped me to stumble upon this blog post @io9 10 types of Writer’s Block. This author claims there are 10 types and you have to define them in order to know what to do to get over them.   Okay so I looked through the ten types. I got nothin’. Still. I haven’t even become enough of a writer to have at least 7 of them! Another google search and I find many, many images of writer’s block. Here is one linked to a pretty neat writer’s blog. Nickety recommends typing past your writer’s block….start a blog about it! We think alike. Only I started a post…a lower level of commitment.

Okay. I have written for 30 minutes. It may be drivel.  But I met my writing committment today. Yeah!

The coffee pot is calling…and my dog is giving me the lets walk now look. This is my exercise solution to my writer’s block and its dog approved

. Lets hope something comes to mind.

Pain Can Be Inspirational!

In my Haliburton School of Art, Creative Writing course, Catherine Graham presented the idea of creating characters, plots etc from inanimate objects.  At the time my knees were twinged with pain from the damp morning air.  My knees were speaking to me and as they spoke I thought of those two TD Bank  Commercial old guys sitting at a park bench kvetching about life in general. So my knees became two griping old men.  I then thought about writing this as a play.   I called it Kneel and Bent ; A Play .

Now I am thinking about creating vignette plays of many of my body parts.  I think this could be very humorous, perhaps sad, erotic, beautiful? and very challenging to get in the psyche of a body part.  Your nose for instance…two nostrils, septum, olfactory senses …nose with an allergy…smelling something pleasant, unpleasant, sneezes could be orgasms for the nose… What parts would the be involved in a sneeze…brain, lungs, vocal chords …challenging indeed.  There needs to be a bit of dissection a bit of cutting a body part away from its connective tissue and elements in order to have it take on a character.

Endurance

“In order to walk longer,  we must walk slower”. Words of wisdom from my massage therapist.  Like the idea of slowing things down so we can enjoy life longer. Also about how to endure things or make things last. Like savouring delicious food. Enduring love….two meanings really. Like experiencing time.

 

Watched a documentary “The End of Time” by Peter Metler. It was hard to watch because it was so slow.  Then I couldn’t stop watching as I was entranced.  But that was in part its message to alter our perception of time.  Watch this when you have a lot of time. It is worth it.

Experiencing Time

 

Gets me thinking about time as a writer/reader.  We have rules around time… deadlines, spare time, out of time, blank page time, inspiration time…objectively we could measure this but this indeed does not capture the experience of time. Time fading away when immersed in a good book.

How might a writer capture the experience of time for characters, for readers, etc.?