Get Out There

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Well, it’s day 25 of National Poetry Writing Month. I hope you’ve been participating, or at least checking it out.

On the NaPoWriMo website, their blog/prompt for the day has a link to a website called LitBridge. I took it upon myself to check it out for YOU.
The most interesting part of the website I’ve found, so far, is the blog.
Some recent posts include “Benefits of Publishing in Literary Journals and Magazines” and “5 Myths About Literary Magazines and Journals“.
I found both of these interesting and informative, especially to anyone looking to publish their work.

Why not write today?
Brandy Danielle

Writing Anthologies

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“It is quite possible to spend the rest of your life reading about how to write and never get around to actually writing — especially with so many convenient collections of writers’ ruminations like the ones listed and described below,” said Mark Nichol a writer for DailyWritingTips.com.

His post is titled “10 Anthologies About Writing“.
It starts out with the quote above and continues with links to 10 books about writing. While I’ve never read any of these books, I would certainly like to check a few of them out.

There is also a book that we just finished reading in my Creative Writing class that I’d like to mention. It is “The Writing Life“, by Annie Dillard.
“If someone of Annie Dillard’s stature can write like this while claiming to abhor the whole process, then there’s hope for all of us writers. Writing is a lonely process,” said Peggy Vincent in an Amazon.com customer review.
Vincent captures the essence of Dillard’s book beautifully.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought.

Thanks for reading,
Brandy Danielle

Send Your Poetry

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a while.
NPR is celebrating National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) with “Muses and Metaphors“.

They are asking for people to send in poems on Twitter using the hashtag #TMMPoetry.
The “Muses and Metaphors” link will take you to an audio that will give you better instructions. Michel Martin said, “Your poem can be about your work, your life, even your socks. We don’t judge.”

It’s a little late, but people are still participating and you can too.
Happy NaPoWriMo.

Rhyme in time,
Brandy Danielle

General Advice

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I comb through so many blogs about writing advice.
Most people give the same advice, and take too long to say it. Not many are worth sharing, but I’ve found one that I actually enjoyed.
7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Douglas Brunt.”

Douglas Brunt talks about discussing your writings with thick skin, researching, and not imitating other authors, just to name a few.
He’s concise and that’s what I appreciate most.

I think any advice is best to only keep in mind. Brunt doesn’t have all of the answers and neither will anyone else that you may come across. However, I do enjoy reading and/or hearing about what other writers/authors have to say.

Feel free to share any writing advice or experience with advice that you may have.

Until next time,
Brandy Danielle

Carlos’ Spoken Word

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I made a video of the slam poets I mentioned in a previous post.

Do more than write.
Speak.

Adieu,
Brandy Danielle

Favorite Poem Project

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One of my favorite websites is BigThink.com. They describe their website like this, “With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.”
Check it out.

Yesterday, In Their Own Words (a blog on BigThink) posted a Q&A with poet Robert Pinsky titled “Poetry Is Not an Ornament. It’s at the Center of Our Being“.

Pinsky is the founder of Favorite Poem Project which is a website exploring the role of poetry in American lives.
Pinsky said, “You can see a construction worker reading Whitman. And talking about Whitman, you see a Cambodian-American kid in California reading a Langston Hughes poem, talking about Langston Hughes. There’s a U.S. Marine with a Hispanic surname who talks about Yates’ politics and reads that poem very well. … I’m proud of the site partly because it doesn’t involve marketing poetry or missionary work for poetry. … This breaks the stereotype of Americans not liking poems.”

And while we’re on the topic of poetry, don’t forget it’s Day 4 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Check out the prompt, and paste your poetry in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,
Brandy Danielle

Write Your Favorite Novel

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Around two years ago, I watched a documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, a documentary that I have recently re-visited called “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson“. And I’d like to say that if you don’t know who he is, you should. Watch the documentary.

HST

In this particular documentary, around 11:55, Thompson’s biographer, Douglas Brinkley, said, “The Great Gatsby is how Hunter learned to write. He would type the Great Gatsby over and over again just to learn the music of Fitzgerald.”

Whether or not it was actually how he learned to write is disputable, however, I was intrigued. I thought that it was the kind of idea that turns writers into legends.

Since then, it has been a goal of mine to re-write a book, more specifically “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac.
I don’t think that it is going to magically make me a better writer (as I’m sure it didn’t with him), but the idea of writing a story, word for word, just as an admirable author did, seems almost romantic to me.

I’m not saying that you should do this, just merely letting you in on the idea.

Paul Jun’s article, “What Hunter S. Thompson Can Teach You About Powerful Writing“, also mentions Thompson doing this. It has some other interesting facts, ideas and suggestions too.

I decided to take action on this idea, and this is my experience…so far.
I wanted it to feel authentic, so I waited until I could get a typewriter. I began to type…”I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and my feeling that everything was dead. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road.”

I continued on for about twenty pages, and never touched it again.

I started again, about two weeks ago. I had some time to kill, so I began again, from the beginning. Mind you, I’ve had the typewriter which was made in the seventy’s for about a year now, and I’ve never changed the ribbon. It was exhausting. I had to keep flipping the torn ribbon and skipping the holes that had been created from the metal letters furiously pounding on it for an unknown number of years. At one point, about five pages in, I even hand rolled the ribbon from one spool to the other. It was tedious, but I kept going and made it further in the book than I had the first time. With little ribbon left and too broke to buy more, if I could even find more, I stopped writing again.

I still need/want to finish the book, but I think I’ll use a computer to type it instead.

Adieu amis,
Brandy Danielle

National Poetry Writing Month

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I just found out that April is national poetry writing month, and I’m excited about it.
NaPoWriMo stands for National Poetry Writing Month and the provided link is where you want to go for more information. This is the hub for poetry month information. You will find prompts, links and poetry information galore. Don’t forget to keep checking throughout the month and I encourage you to get involved especially if you write poetry. If you don’t, there’s a first time for everything 🙂
The challenge is to write one poem a day, 30 poems in 30 days. Be sure when exploring 30 Poems, 30 Days to check out Maureen Thorson‘s advice; she is the project founder.

I usually don’t post my own writing on AFW, but it’s national poetry writing month and I just can’t help it.
I missed the first day, but when I read the post I thought it looked really fun. So, here goes. (make sure you click the link so you understand the prompt)


I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
baring it all for social acceptance, whoring through links, feeds, and posts
who know more and understand less, bare chested and spineless
who stay up, wide-eyed, staring at the bright screen of a shattered LED dream,
and who wade through answers from searches for meanings they’ll never find.

Keep writing,
Brandy Danielle

Slam Poets

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On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, slam poets Carlos and Bluz performed at Volunteer State Community College.

I was able to take video and pictures in addition to capturing the audio. This video is pictures over audio.

If you’d like to know more about Carlos and/or Bluz follow them on Twitter @CarlosThePoet or @MrBluz.

Au revoir,
Brandy Danielle

Poetry

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I want to write,
I need to write,
The words are in my soul.

I live to write,
I breathe to write,
It’s what can make me whole.

I write poetry. I read poetry. I love poetry.
Somebody once told me that attention spans are the length in seconds of an individual’s age. I am 25, but my attention span is probably that of a 3 year old.
I think this is one of the reasons I love poetry so much.

I love that you can tell a life story through a Haiku, describe a day or an emotion in a few lines, and hit someone in the emotional chest so hard that it literally takes their breath away. There aren’t many forms of writing that allow the kind of condensed depth that poetry does.
I can’t seem to finish a book to save my life, but give me Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and I’ll read with no hesitation.

I love finding obscure poets online that spill their hearts through words. I love reading the kind of poetry where there is no clear line drawn between your life and that of the poet.
With that said, I’d like to let you know that the next few posts will be about poets and poetry.

I’d like to introduce to you Tyler Knott Gregson.
He refers to himself as the typewriter poet. His medium is a typewriter and random scraps of paper. I’ve also seen his poetry typed on a leaf.
Sometimes his words are short, and sometimes they are lengthy. However, they’re so intense that no matter the length, I find myself always wanting more.
On Gregson’s tumblr, he writes a Haiku a day. He is also a photographer and sometimes gives breathtaking descriptions of his pictures.

Tyler Knott
Gregson has an amazing way with his words. He is a beautiful writer, and I hope you think so too.

If you would like to be featured, please send your poetry to adviceforwritersbrand@gmail.com. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Hasta la próxima vez,
Brandy Danielle