This month we wanted to try a new approach with the articles below. Call it a moment of madness, or call it a little inspiration from this past weekend’s incredible Pen Densham teleconference, but here it goes:
We hear a lot about developing your craft with the tools or standards of the industry, including proper structure, plot and theme. We also hear about “writing from your own voice,” and still many times taught under the constraints of structure, structure, structure… Not to say those things aren’t important, but whatever happened to pure creativity? What about all of those writers who started an idea and just ran with it? Do we always have to use the strict tools of our craft, or can we just throw caution to the wind?
Well, heck if we know, but we thought some articles on ‘creativity’ might inspire a new direction for your writing!
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2011 FRESH VOICES Grand Prize Winner
Jack Messitt is now collaborating with A-List Screenwriter
Since winning last year’s Grand Prize, Fresh Voices circulated Jack’s winning screenplayAdventures in Babymaking to leading production companies and ultimately caught the eye of A-List Screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up, The Hangover). Since their first meeting, the two are collaborating on a project with an eye towards Jeremy directing.
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Why Creativity is So Important!
By Ally D
Expressing yourself is an awesome thing. Being able to create, build, draw, sing, compose, write, and such in ways that express who you are and what you love is a gift we all have. And we all have it to enjoy and share with other to enjoy as well. Being able to have the time to get back to doing what we love may not be so easy at times, but finding that time can truly contribute to a healthy and important balance in our lives.
Consider some of the reasons we express ourselves creatively. Simply put its fun! Who doesn’t want to do what they love? Doing things that we consider fun is a great stress reliever and it contributes to a happier you. Being consumed in an activity you love can calm us and cause us to be more focused.
Being able to create something unique from nothing is magical. It builds a self confidence within us that strengths us and our positive outlook. Being creative helps us feel challenged and learn to overcome those challenges. It makes us more interesting people and in turn attracts others to us…. Read More>
Creative Writing Quotes – Be a Better Writer
with Pearl Luke
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~ Ben FranklinWhat is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. ~ Samuel JohnsonDon’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. ~ Barbara Kingsolver On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away. ~ Annie Dillard Read more >
25 Things I Want to Say to So Called ‘Aspiring Writers’ By TerribleMinds.com CAUTION: Foul language in this next article but worth reading:As a writer, the world you create is yours and yours alone. Someone will always be there to tell you what you can’t do, but they’re nearly always wrong. You’re a writer. You can makeanything up that you want. It may not be lucrative. It may not pay your mortgage. But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about what’s going on between you and the blank page before you. It’s just you and the story. If you love it and you want to write it, then wire your trap shut and write it. And write it well. Expect nothing beyond this — expect no reward, expect no victory parade — but embrace the satisfaction it gives you to do your thing. Read More >
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