It is hard to imagine that history can be a living thing. However, it is. Academics find new evidence to contributing to the narrative that is told in regards to the events that has transpired. However, this new addition of the narrative can change textbooks, museum exhibits, and the conversations we have. This is where conflicts can occur between evolving narratives and what has been the traditional narratives. History Wars by Edward Linenthal and Tom Engelhardt focused on one specific flashpoint in this discussion of the narrative of American history.
I have thought about taking up a fiction writing project inspired by one of the members completing these amazing flash fiction pieces for competition. I typically focus on improving my writing for this blog, but thought a new challenge might be fun. With that in mind, I needed to research the fiction writing process, but since my time has been limited due to crazy schedules the advice needed to be concise and short. Hence, I recently checked out Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley from my local library
It seems like every author and their editor has comments and tips about the writing process. If only someone could organize all the information by splitting the information by writing style and writing techniques. Oh wait… SOMEONE DID!
I have a love of poetry and the beauty of those who can play/manipulate language especially when it pulls at your heart strings. However, not all writers have this talent to celebrate the English language and speak to the inner being of the reader. If the writer can’t do this then their work will fall flat, and lifeless. So when a writer has the ability to do complete this challenge, it needs to be celebrated.
Writing comes in many forms and many shapes. They can be long or they could be less than a full page. Sometimes we need help figuring out what project to venture into next when it comes to our writing. That is why I like The Everything Creative Writing Book by Carol Whiteley.
What does it take to write? That is question that many prospective writers think about before diving into writing as a career. The many questions for those looking into the career of a writer can be overwhelming. So how are they suppose to answer these questions? I have the answer in a book I recently discovered.
Sometimes all we need is a bit of encouragement to pick up the pen and write our tales. I recently joined a local writing group to get support and discover new resources to help with my writing. The group introduce me to Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. They were in love with it. We did several writing prompts out of it, and it really got the creative juices going. I was encouraged by our sessions with this book to check out the book on my own time and read it from front to back.
History is important to learn from. It can teach us about how they lived, their thoughts, and how we have evolved in society since then. Based on the recommendation of my history professor, I recently completed the autobiography of Harriet Jacobs named Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.