Farewell. Adieu. Ciao. Adios. Auf Wiedersehen.
Yes. This is my final Post for Transplanted Heads: Your Muse Can’t Write Worth Sh*t. It’s been a wonderful year and I’ve enjoyed sharing what I learned over the years.
Much of what I shared I learned through attending the meetings and workshops of Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region Branch. (That’s Ottawa.) http://canadianauthors.org/national/
I also learned a tremendous amount about writing when editing other writers’ projects at http://crowecreations.ca/ . Why did I stop editing? I apprenticed for twenty years as a typesetter (1969–88) so am very much qualified to edit right down to the nit-picky em and en dashes and to which side the quotation marks go around punctuation or whether or not the comma should stay in italics after an italicized word or not (US or Canadian style), et cetera. So when I edited a job, I edited from the heights to the depths of it. It was extremely time-consuming. But I am grateful for every un-apostrophed gerund I ran across. There is no benefit without sweat, is there?
I’m a nerdette. I Google everything. I question everything. I study everything. I enjoy everything. Follow my lead and you will learn an amazing amount about life (characters) and living (action). Read and study the methods required to get that life and living into readers’ heads.
An excellent source for books about writing is Writer’s Digest magazine. Awesome, awesome information in that publication! http://www.writersdigest.com/magazine
I have a bookcase full of how-to-write-whatever books that I acquired from Writer’s Digest and devoured years ago. Most of these books are still available and can be purchased from Amazon. Is there anything that can NOT be purchased from Amazon?
Through Transplanted Heads I’ve covered most of what I know well from my own experiences. It is not in my nature to “wing” something I don’t know well, so maybe I’ll be back in ten years or so when I learn a lot more about writing/editing/publishing/marketing, etc.
I have a huge To-Do Pile and I am in my early 70s so it’s not like I have sixty years left. I have only about half that. (I had a great grandmother who lived til 103 so there’s hope.) I have finished the second book in my a Kesk8a story series — it’s out at the historian’s right now — have begun the research for book #3. Six books are planned for this series. I have several screenplays to finish/start/write. More poetry books.
Through Transplanted Heads: Your Muse Can’t Write Worth Sh*t, I’ve connected with a myriad of talented colleagues. Thank you for following me, for reading my Posts, and for being who you are.
Dig deep and get it all out of you and onto the paper or the computer screen. The more you share of your own experiences, the better the opportunity to help someone else over the rough spots of life.
“Maybe we don’t write very well. Maybe our language skills are not the best. Maybe we’ve been criticized for offending someone, for writing nonsense, for not writing within the parameters of The Box. That’s not what’s important. What’s important is reporting what we see from our own perspective. Even if — through this reporting of our own experiences — we benefit only one other Earthling in our lifetime, that’s enough. Those of us who are driven to write have a great responsibility indeed. This responsibility is so important, that if we don’t grab the dream snippet our Muse gives us from the Idea Pool, someone else’s Muse will snag it, hand it over to its writer who’ll use it, and we’ll miss out on the opportunity. Something that important can’t be allowed to drift away into the ozone like some child’s party balloon.” — Sherrill Wark, from Really Stupid Writing Mistakes: How to Avoid Them.
“It always helps if you put your fears out on the blanket in front of you so you can see them for what they really are.” — Keskoua, Refuge in l’Acadie: a Kesk8a story by Sherrill Wark
Sherrill Wark is the author of Really Stupid Writing Mistakes: How to Avoid Them: http://www.amazon.com/Really-Stupid-Writing-Mistakes-Avoid/dp/1479308226
… and Death in l’Acadie: a Kesk8a story (fiction): http://www.amazon.com/Death-lAcadie-Kesk8a-Sherrill-Wark/dp/1511501154/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
… and The Closet Hides a Flight of Stairs (poetry): https://www.amazon.ca/The-Closet-Hides-Flight-Stairs-ebook/dp/B01D8ZKYK4 or https://www.amazon.ca/Closet-Hides-Flight-Stairs/dp/153066666X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=