End of September round-up.

October 1, 2010

I went to another Brian Henry Saturday workshop last weekend, and really had a great time. The topic was ‘writing with style’, and there was a lot of good material on subjects like:

  1. What does ‘Show, don’t tell’ really mean?
  2. Playful and spectacular first drafts.
  3. The tools of showing: Dialog, metaphor, gestures, and actions.
  4. Never explain yourself.
  5. How to get a reader to relate emotionally to your writing.
  6. Don’t waste your words.
  7. Revision as gardening – removing weeds and weaklings
  8. The building blocks of stories – nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
  9. The rule of three in descriptions.

I always come away from a Brian Henry workshop thinking about the craft of writing in different and exciting ways. That alone is worth the time and money it takes to go.

Lesson learned: Don’t catch a cab from Queen street west on a busy Saturday night in the hopes of catching a bus leaving Union Station in fifteen minute’s time. The Tom Lenk show was still worth seeing, though.

I’ve handed out two ‘One Lovely Blog’ awards today, to:

And I have a new snazzy widget on the Kelworth Files – a tag cloud. Unfortunately, as of this writing it seems to have eaten my usual links table, and I haven’t yet figured out how to get that back. If you happen to know the WordPress trick to getting that back, please let me know.

Over and out for now.


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