Which is Better Words or Pictures

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Recently I saw the film, ‘Words and Pictures’, starring Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche.  The film portrayed an English prep school teacher who loved the art of words as much as his friend, another teacher, loved the art of paintings.  To the painter her work was art and she said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Which wasn’t her quote but was attributed to Frederick R. Barnard.  To the art teacher’s surprise, the English teacher made a compelling case among his students on why words were better than paintings.

To defend his belief, I will use an analogy for demonstration purposes.  A painting can clearly show what a person looks like and what they are doing or wearing, at that precise time in history.  Some may even agree that you can guess what the person is thinking or feeling from a painting by the shape of their lips or the smile on their face. In writing, the author can add so much more to the idea of the observer, such as what he/she ate that morning or where they were before or after that time in history.  A writer can describe their actual feelings on paper and what brought them to feel that sense of pleasure or fear.  A writer can then go on to describe what made them happy or sad; what circumstance made them feel that way.

A writer loves it when their words are able to describe something so precisely that the reader is pulled in to their work of art.  Whether it is a poem, short story or a beginning of something much larger, the art of writing itself can help the reader escape into a place that calms the mind or relaxes their tired muscles as they read word after word.  As they begin reading they can be lying at the beach on a warm sunny day with the wind blowing their hair, as the spray of ocean water mist hits their feet, just as they see sea gulls flying overhead.

Not to try to sway you either way, I will let you be the judge of what you think is better, a painting or an actual poem, literary work or group of words defining a painting. The words that describe the situation, the person or the event as illustrated can not be defined by a simple drawing but by descriptions of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.  For more information about writing, visit The Writing Coach.’

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Writing to Edify

walkSo many authors are in the world today. It is hard to know who is writing for wealth, fame, riches; I want to tell you that my main purpose is to encourage you and edify you into gaining wisdom. Knowledge is great but wisdom is from above. I recently have written an E-Book called, “Walking with the Father”. The purpose of this book was to share what I have learned with others. This book should help you with your Christian walk with God. It is free on Smashwords by clicking this link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420758

Walking With the Father is a Christian based book that helps those that might be struggling with their faith or who simply want to increase their relationship with God. Many of us have been in a place where we have sought after God. We have been confused, broken hearted, lonely or in search of answers. We have desperately needed to find help in times of trouble. Walking With the Father is a spiritual handbook designed to give you the answers you seek. It is a Christian guidebook that clearly lays out ways to guide you in the right direction to becoming closer to God.

 

Amazon buy link is here: http://www.amazon.com/Walking-With-Father-Christian-Handbook-ebook/dp/B00J3GHC80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401299603&sr=8-1&keywords=tracy+kauffman
I tried to give it free on Amazon but couldn’t so the price is .99 cents for Amazon’s fees.

Anomaly by Michael Gilwood

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Michael Gilwood is the Pen name for Stephen Woodward. Michael’s writing career began at the age of nine; writing children’s columns in the local Kentish newspaper. At seventeen, he started to write short stories and poems. After reading hundreds of books, he blamed his nearness to writing to the overly imaginative works of Verne, not because it was his first, it was he who could deliver his then childish mind, making him wonder how someone could vividly paint an invisible image inside his head. He was fascinated by the power of literature. Since then he enjoyed writing, enjoying the pleasure it brought to others. He found it a way to escape from the real world, inserting himself within his own. His other works include: DOK. Both books are available on Amazon.

Science Fiction Novel- Anomaly Synopsis:Anomaly

When two-hundred year old human remains are found on one of Neptune’s moons, Earth’s history falls into chaos. The momentous discovery points planet earth towards a solar system a thousand light years away. Twenty years later, Captain Philip Wakefield and his team, onboard the starship Excelsior, reaches the solar system of Mintaka and continues the investigation. But they are not the only thing evolving in the galaxy. Something frightening has them in its sights. Their discovery of the very cradle of humankind becomes a struggle for interstellar survival. This science fiction book is sure to excite your senses and imagination of the world of space.

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“My name is Philip. This is Alana and Ramaan. We are scientists. We have come here to gather information about this planet, its life-forms and cultures, its riches and composition and then we will move on to the next planet in this system we call Phot. We come from Earth, the third planet of a G7 star in the centauri region.”

“We know why you have come. Here, you’ll need a flask of Amostalina for your woman.” Shar gave them a small phial of white liquid for Lexia and smiled.

“Almost twenty-thousand of your years ago, we lived in peace in your solar system on the planet you call Mars. Everything was perfect. Everything was as it should have been until the war between the Gorinos, or the dark ones and us, began. At the same time, a terrible disease struck Mars. It drifted quietly and almost destroyed us. As a result, we separated and fled to different parts of the galaxy to escape the impending doom that encircled us. We have our Platnios outside to warn us of intruders. It was them who told us of your arrival.”

“Those plant creatures, you call them Platnios?” Philip’s confidence suddenly came back with a rush. He felt at ease. Shar sensed it, and smiled again.

“They are territorial; if you don’t provoke them, they won’t hurt you.” Ramaan felt an urge to roll up his sleeve and show Shar his arm.

“They are genetically made to serve and obey us?” He moved forward and gave them a book written in their language. Philip was sure his gift would help Lexia with her translations. Ramaan meanwhile was taking photographs of interest and sending the results to Sentrywatcher.

“How is it that you are familiar with the English Language?” asked Philip.

“It is our second language and the mother tongue of our descendants. Come, I will show you and your crew our hangar and what we are doing here.”

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Anomaly-Michael-Gilwood/dp/098918823X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387471047&sr=8-1&keywords=michael+gilwood

Website: http://stevewoodenpoets.wix.com/books
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Gilwood/461276787313105

A Writers Gift

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Christmas Time is Around the Corner so I thought I would give you a few inspiration thoughts about the season of giving. Christmas time should be a time of reflection —a time of giving to your family and friends. At Thanksgiving we gave thanks for the people we love and the things that God has given us, but why not continue on that thanks by giving to others. Writers often give their time to inspire, edify and encourage others through their writing. Many think that writing is easy but few take on that career choice. To me a writer has to enjoy what they do and have the gift of writing —the gift of putting thoughts and imaginations on paper.

So my gift to you this season is the following poem. I encourage you to give to someone else this year in the form of writing. Writing helps us to relax, inspires us to love others, works our imagination and helps us be creative.

Remember Christmas is a time of giving not a time of regret. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season. Give honor to him before anyone else this season. Without him we wouldn’t have any reason to celebrate at all. Hope you all have a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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I see Love and kindness throughout the land,
Christmas music is played by the band.
Children are happy decorating the tree,
The Christmas star is shining for all to see.
People’s hearts are merry and gay,
For it has been a joyous day.

Up above the choir is singing,
Heaven’s bells are ringing.
All are singing in one accord,
Praising Jesus our King and Lord.
Way beyond the clouds and blue,
God’s love for me tis true.
I see the Lamb of God on the throne,
He loves us all and we are not alone.

The angels are hovering close by,
because Christmas is drawing nigh.
A turtle dove is reposing on a tree,
Tis there to show me that peace is upon me.
I see a miracle as Christmas draws nigh,
The world is merry while angels rejoice on high.

Does Our Success Depend on Others

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Does our success and happiness depend on others? Think about this question carefully. Some might say yes because if people aren’t interested in buying our product then we fail. Some say no because you are only as successful as you choose to be.

Really there are two ways to look at this. You might say success is happiness and living a fulfilled life. Others say success depends on how well their business is going and by how much money they have in the bank.

Now let me ask the question again. Does our success depend on others? Do you still have to think about the question or have you made an observation already? I am going to talk about success with businesses verus success with contentment.

In Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, a person develops a sense of pride in their accomplishments in the fourth stage called: Industry Versus Inferiority. Social interaction is key and important in this time of development. Children will become more and more capable of performing increasingly complex tasks. As a result of this, they strive to master new skills. After completing one task they are able to move on. When they are encouraged by parents and teachers they develop a feeling of competence and belief in their skills. They feel acceptance by others and helps them build self esteem. Without self esteem it is more difficult for an individual to become successful. Those who receive little or no encouragement feel incapable and doubt their ability. Each individual needs to be able to deal with new social and academic demands. If they are doubtful of their abilities they cannot master any new task. Often they might trying for fear of failure. They might think it is easier to give up than to complete their objective.

Now some view success as having contentment in one’s life. The same theory applies. When a child is negatively influenced by others it affects their self esteem. Some might rise above negative thoughts of others but some dwell on it for years. I am not a Psychiatrist but have observed people in different scenerios in life. Many dwell on past experiences and they are usually negative experiences. Some say if, “If I was treated better growin up, I….” The fact is that people care about what others think of them. One can choose to live life to the fullest and forget those past experiences or one can dwell on it and never succeed.

James M Copeland- Crime Mystery Author

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James Copeland is a crime mystery author of Bottom Bones and Blindsided. He  was born in Walker County, raised in Cullman County in Birdsong, Alabama. He  retired from the public work place, after many years of sales, management and  ownership of businesses. He has accomplished many things in his life time, but  feels nothing more satisfying than what he is doing now. He has a great feeling  of accomplishment by just having reached this phase of his new career in  writing.

Synopsis

Detective FRANK HAWTHORN receives a call from W.J. FISHER. He said that his son Milford Fisher had disappeared. He found his boat near the Memphis, Tennessee branch of the Fisher Granary Corp covered in blood. Later that day the boat disappears as well.

Hawthorn is told that young Fisher discovered someone was stealing millions from the company and now he is missing. Everyone believes him dead except Hawthorn who has a premonition that maybe…he’s still alive.

Detective Hawthorn works his magic to solve the crime. After several incidents and mishaps, he discovers the truth and finds the guilty individuals. There is an important twist in the story and Frank Hawthorn uncovers a plot that will keep you on your toes. Frank wears his heart on his sleeve and is BLINDSIDED when he discovered the truth about the woman he loves while he searches for the truth. You’ll never guess what happens in this riveting tale.

blindsided_coverMy Review

This book fascinated me from the start.  Who doesn’t like crime mystery books about detectives.  This book is a interesting read about a detective that changes jobs due to the lack of support given to him at his previous job.  Then when things start to look depressing, he gets his first real break as a detective for the wealthy Fisher company owner.  His son is missing and Frank Hawthorn is on the case.  Trying to fight off his feelings for Mr. Fisher’s daughter and work the case at the same time, it gets pretty interesting.  This story would entice anyone interested in mystery, suspense, romance or crime detective stories.  I give it a 5 stars.  Can’t wait to see what else James Copeland has in store for us.

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Book will be released shortly on Amazon.  Keep updated by viewing his Facebook Fan page.

Six Important Things to Remember When Book Writing

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As a writer, I have learned that there are some very important things to consider when writing a book or a blog post. Here are some tips for writing that will help any author master their skill.

1. Know your audience.  Readers will be critical when it comes to your writing if they were expecting something different.  If a writer states that their book is geared toward kids but uses a lot of adult language, then the author was not taking into consideration the audience.  Same applies to a writer writing for adults and but uses simplistic language. 

2. Engage your audience with every part of your book.  Don’t make the first page very interesting and then make the rest of it boring.  You have to keep the reader guessing on what is going to happen next.  Make the reader want to keep reading even though they might want to stop.

3. Clarify what your book is about.  If you are writing a book for educational purposes, to be humorous or just plain fictional, make sure to let the reader know that in advance.

4. Get rid of excess baggage.  Don’t go on and on and on about something that is not important or that does not need to be there.  I recently picked up a book that was extremely long. I wished I could have shown the author where they could have cut parts that didn’t help the storyline.

5. Make your characters interesting.  No one likes to read a book when they hate all the characters.  Bring life to the character.  Don’t make them sound too educated.  Use contractions, use words that would use in normal everyday life.

6. Last of all, edit your book.  Don’t let your book go to print without someone qualified to edit it.  There are programs you can go through where you can get informative advice on how your book reads.  Readers want to enjoy their time spent reading, not correcting all of your errors.

 

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http://ezinearticles.com/?Article-Writing—How-to-Write-Good-Articles&id=7519162

Carry on

Carry on.

This post is from the blog: A Land Far Away. Great insight and passion for writing that I thought I would share.
“The reader of poetry is a kind of pilgrim setting out, setting forth….is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, a perpetual beginning, a rebirth of wonder. “Beginning is not only a kind of action,”…” It is also a frame of mind, a kind of work, an attitude, a consciousness.” (Edward Said)”

Differences in Narrative and Dialogue Writing

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To fully understand the difference in writing a narrative point of view versus using dialogue, one must look at the way it is written. First look at the definition of the two. A narrative is the way a story or set of events is portrayed using descriptive accounts and experiences in either the past, present or the future. The story evolves around one or several different characters but is usually told by one person overlooking the events as they unravel. A narrative is told in this fashion for entertainment or informally to tell the story.
Now lets look at dialogue. Dialogue is usually written as a conversation between two people sometimes between one person talking to himself. This form of writing is much more fun and is used more to portray the characters in a certain likeness. If their speech is poor, you assume they come from a poor background. If they used refined elegant speech, you assume that they have been well educated. It’s funny how reading something can show different perspectives according to the actual reader. If the reader is in a bad mood, they might see the whole story as having a dark tone. The opposite can happen if they are in a good mood. The reader has to observe the characters in their own view, as well as the way the writer intended them to be. If a writer tries to write a book for teenagers, they have to limit their vocabulary usage especially if they are much older. A person’s vocabulary is always changing from an early life until adulthood. Not two people on the earth have the same exact vocabulary. This shows how differently one person can perceive a story from another person.
One person might hate the story all together and think it is beneath them. Another person the same age might look at the story and really love it. Narrative writing is much easier to understand because the writer has more control over the intended understanding of the reader.

Other related articles: https://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/what-is-point-of-view-and-how-it-changes-a-story/
http://ezinearticles.com/?Voice-in-Narrative-and-Dialogue—A-Contrast-of-Writing-Styles&id=31570
http://www.articletrader.com/science/education/writing-narrative-essay-can-be-simple-and-easy.html
http://www.articletrader.com/science/education/creative-writing-how-to-start-your-novel.html

Guest post: The Attack of Redundancies

Today I have a guest post written by Nastasia Peters about Redundancies of Writing.

Guest post: The attack of redundancies

I don’t know if every Author has this issue, if you don’t, then you are very lucky. Had it not been for my Editor, I might have never figured it out. November 2011, I finish writing the last sentence of the last installment in the Zinc Trilogy, I was feeling pretty awesome and all kinds of accomplished. That’s okay, I wasn’t yet in the editing mind set, let alone the publishing mind set. I was going to worry about those later.

My Editor starts on the first book, I can only feel better about myself when she compliments me on the fact that my grammar is good and I have a rich vocabulary (that’s not to say there weren’t any mistakes though). Then, the power switches over to her.

Editor: “A little.”

Me: “A little what?”

Editor: “Too many ‘a little’. The times you have used that is borderline abusive.”

I tried to figure out a generous amount of creative explanations that would excuse the number of times I had used ‘a little’ in sentences, paragraphs, pages, scenes… Worse. Chapters. But none were powerful enough to make my Editor stop raising her eyebrow at me in that amused manner that she does or tsk at me.

So I open my text program which has a pretty nifty tool that allows me to enable a search bar, type in a word and then it’s going to list that word every time it was used. I can then click on it and it instantly takes me to the page and paragraph where the word is located, highlighting it. Now, this tool is nifty when you first find it and it’s all new and awesome! The awesomeness is quickly kicked out of it with force when it shows you how often you’ve used ‘a little’ in the entire book. The number of times I had used it wasn’t just borderline abusive, it was murder. Assassination at its highest level, or you know, like going to the dentist to get a tooth pulled.

I’m not telling you the number.

I spent a good portion of an afternoon clicking on every single ‘a little’ and deleted them. Some of you are probably going “why?” or are laughing right now. You should, my Editor did too. I hadn’t found out about the tool ‘find and replace’ yet.

Anyway…

Once the ‘a little’ invasion had been successfully defeated, the revenge of the ‘seemingly’ poked its head out of the surface and rebelled. After that there was a glorious bomb of ‘She, her, she’ and ‘He, him, he’. And for the grand finale, the I’s. So many sentences that started with I. Once the problem had been shoved before my eyes and I saw the painful redundancies, I almost, almost, wanted to take the entire manuscript – go to the grocery store real quick to buy some ink – print it out JUST so I could rip it to pieces.

I assure you, all redundancies were properly fought off and/or destroyed by mine and the Editor’s razor sharp battle axes. To make sure they couldn’t come back as a living dead type creature, we burnt them to the stake and drowned their ashes afterwards in a sealed off goldfish aquarium and then proceeded in burying it six feet under at an unknown location.

It would be easy to get discouraged after you realize the number of mistakes you’ve made, but I know from experience and would like to tell those who don’t know yet, once you realize the mistakes you’ve made and swallow the hurt or disappointment in yourself, you won’t make the error twice. Your writing will become richer and once you grow more confident, it will show through your words, your story.

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