"You can’t say, I won’t write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer."
The February Meeting of the Eden Lit Club
"Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market. I did that for eight years before making my first sale" ~Piers Anthony
Quotes and notes about how to counteract the crippling influences of writer's block; that was the main theme of our discussion this month. We've all felt the fear of failing that seems to strike almost every writer at the beginning of any new writing project. That sinking feeling that maybe this time all that you will be able to write is crap. Doesn't it always feel like it's that first sentence or first paragraph that is the trouble maker? Sometimes you get a few pages in and the brilliant idea begins to fizzle and then you are left with this great idea that is going nowhere.
We started out the meeting by defining what writer's block really is and why it's such a wide spread problem for creative people. We touched on the fact that most of the time the "block" is actually our fear of either failure or even success that drives our ideas below the surface and keeps us from finding the words to say what we so desperately NEED to say. This fear is insidious and hides best in the dark recesses of our natural desire to slink away and avoid the spot light.
How does one counteract this nasty little bump in the road to our own success? Why, to write! Keep on writing even if what you write is complete and utter crap. Some well know authors will write the same sentence over and over until they get so bored that they MUST write anything else. Other's rewrite simple twiddles or just journal their frustration and anger out until the muse strikes and the "magic" occurs. Often a successful writer will tell you that there really is no magic it's just writing over and over until the piece says exactly what the author wants it to say- or goes in such a different direction that it shocks everyone.
The real lesson here is just to sit your butt down and write your way through the creative morass. Write as though your life depends on it, for some of us our sanity might just be hanging in the balance!
Here's the meeting forum if you'd like to read our discussion and weigh in on the topic, yourself.
In other news Sneakersandpearls hosted a workshop called "Helpful Tips on Grammar and Article Structure". This great little workshop answered some common grammar issues and article structure questions for our interested authors.
She compiled a handy fact sheet for quick reference:
Than is a comparison word used. My hair is darker THAN yours.
Then designates a time element or part of an if/then statement.
I will go to the store then come home.
I didn't know about it then.
If I miss dinner, then I will be hungry.
A poll is a questionnaire. A pole is a structure or magnetic pole.
Apostrophes show possession. They never show a noun to be plural except if you are talking about letters or numbers. Example: Sneakers has two e's in it. Some children have a problem writing 8's.
To show possession, use 's if it is a singular noun, regardless of what the ending letter is. The man's pen. The woman's book. Jonas's toy. However, if it is an ancient name, like Achilles, and ends in s, use s'. Achilles' heel. If it is a plural noun that does not end in s, use 's. The children's books. If it is a pural noun that ends in s, use s'. The dogs' bones.
Use a semicolon to connect two independent but related clauses. I bought a new couch; it was comfy.
In the active voice, the subject acts upon the direct object. Example: Jon kicked the ball.
In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon. Example: The ball was kicked by Jon.
Use the active voice whenever possible.
An article has 3 parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.
Plagiarism and quoting
Do not quote another source without using quote marks and giving proper credit.
Do not use large blocks of quote. It's bad form.
Beware of opinions
Opinions can sometimes masquerade as facts. Be vigilant in what you are saying.
Sentences and proof reading
Make sure you vary the length of your sentences.
When you finish writing, walk a way for at least an hour. Come back and read your article out loud to make sure it sounds right.
If you would like some further help check out the #Eden Lit Lessons. Just type in #Eden Lit Lessons to the search engine on the Eden Lit forum. You'll find a variety of helpful fact sheets that will help with both review and article writing!
Weird Sex Facts For February
To celebrate the great holiday of Valentine's day here are some outrageous but true sex facts about the act of lovemaking itself!
*White women are the most likely to engage in anal sex, particularly if they also have a college degree.
*For 75% of men, ejaculation occurs within 3 minutes of penetration.
*During sexual intercourse, in addition to the genitals and breasts, the inner nose also swells.
*Sex burns off an average of about 100 calories per session.
*On average, from two to five million sperm are released each time a man ejaculates.
*Almost a third of all women over 80 years of age still have sex with their spouse or boyfriend.
*Most men under 40 years of age can achieve an erection in less than 10 seconds.
*The testes increase in size by 50% when a man is sexually aroused.
*15% of adults have had sexual intercourse at work.
*When sexually aroused, 60% of men get erect nipples.
Here's hoping your Valentine's Day was special!
Spotlight Author for February
The spotlight author for February, 2013 is Cedarlooman. He wow'd us with a poem he wrote that had all of us fanning ourselves with it's rawness and tender sensuality. He has been with the club form quite some time and we are always happy to hear more from him.
As our spotlight author he will be receiving 1,000 points and we'll share with you his amazing work!
The Nearness of You
The red of your lips
The pink of your tongue
The nape of your neck
The round of your shoulder
The swell of your breast
The peak of your nipple
The hollow of your chest
The bend of your elbow
The bump of your wrist
The length of your fingers
The ridge of your nails
The curve of your palm
The narrow of your waist
The rise of your hip
The flat of your abs
The dip of your navel
The spike of your heel
The arch of your foot
The curl of your toes
The flex of your instep
The arc of your calf
The crest of your thigh
The power of your quads
The round of your rump
The pout of your lips
The apex of your mons
The peak of your clit
The nadir of your sex
The scent of your hair
The depths of your eyes
The twist of your mind
The dominion of your soul
Ok now tell me you weren't moved by this poem...
Our Next Meeting
The Eden Lit Club meets on Monday March 11, 2013 at 4 pm EST we meet on the forums at EdenFantasys.
Our topic for next month is Getting Started. We will discuss how to go from an amorphous idea and a blank piece of paper or computer screen to the beginning of a literary work. So bring your ideas, concerns, questions and let's discuss how the heck to get started on that masterpiece we all have living inside of us.
As always we will discuss any work submitted to the forum, so if you are looking for a critique of your work feel free to submit it to the forum. Please use the heading: #Eden Lit-(month.year)-title
You will be entered in our monthly contest to win 1,000 points and be featured in our SexIs article as the spotlight author.
Please do not submit any work to the Eden Lit forum that you are thinking about submitting to SexIs Magazine. The guidelines for the magazine do not permit already published material from being published in the magazine. If you would like some help with article writing you can email me or leave a note on the forum and I'll get with you to help.
If you are looking for some help getting started on any writing project join us on Monday March, 11 at 4 pm est. We'd love to help!
Obscure Vocabulary For February
To stick with our Valentine's theme let's look at some words about love:
Limerance – the initial exhilarating rush of falling in love – the state of being in love
Mulligrubs – the state of depression or low in spirit
So we have the state that starts off all love affairs and the state people can sometimes end up in when the limmerance is over.