Posts made in June, 2014

How I Got Over the Fear of Publication

How I Got Over the Fear of Publication

My Writing Journey  *Guest Blog today by Lauren Narducci Ever since I can remember, I have had a pen in my hand. I would write and write and write, until my hands cramped, and the room grew dark. I was always writing, and always imagining. Recently, I stumbled across the many notebooks I had filled when I was younger shoved in a box in my closet. Written in those crumpled notebooks were pages full of short stories that had gone unfinished. After a while, I dropped that pen and did not pick it up again until senior year of high school. That school year, my creative writing class came soon after a favorite teacher of mine died. Writing was an outlet for me, a way to let go of the thoughts entangled in my brain; so I saw this class as a way to cope.  My writing was dark, and filled with death. Many of my classmates started worrying and began asking questions. I told them I had lost someone I loved, they nodded their heads and that was all that was said. The end of the semester approached and after editing and editing and editing, I turned in my final story to my portfolio. When grades came back, I was surprised at my teacher’s comments about the story. “Lauren, this story is sooo good. Keep working on it. There’s a book here, your essay nails it. This work really shows your growth. Publish this.” When I saw his comment telling me to publish my story, I brushed it off, and stuck the story and my portfolio in my closet. The next spring, I was enrolled in English Composition 1 at Metro Community College, with David Martin. It was hard to get through the first couple days of class because he is pretty tough the first week or so. After we turned in our rough draft for our first paper, he called me over and sat me down at his desk. I remember it clear as day; he looked at me and said, “You are a writer.” I had always been told I am a good writer, but something about the way he said it resonated with me. As the weeks went on, Mr. Martin repeatedly gave me pamphlets and flyers for Fine Lines, and told me to publish something I had written. I smiled and nodded, but inside I knew I wasn’t ready for prime time. I wasn’t ready to get my writing out there, because my writing was personal; even if it was fiction. I didn’t want to expose my outlet to the world. Taking the Plunge   In May 2013, after days of thinking, I finally...

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Magic & Creativity

Magic & Creativity

Guest Blog on Magic & Creativity *Guest Blog from magician Jeff Quinn “Write a guest blog,” they said. “It’ll be easy,” they said. That’s more easily said than done. This is about the 7th revision I’ve made. I’ve scrapped several pages and started anew. Can any of you relate to that? When it comes to magic and creativity, I know what I do; I just have trouble explaining how I do it. But I’ll try. I really, really want you to gain an insight on what I do and I hope it may in some way help you in your writing. Magic Moments I’m sure you’ve experienced the times when creativity just flows from your fingertips. You can do no wrong. It’s almost like the words are being sent from the heavens directly to your fingers. Those times are rare for me, but I relish them when they do happen. I’ve found these periods of genius usually occur after I’ve sacrificed seven pure white rabbits to the cackling spirit of the Great Houdini. (Dear PETA people: the previous sentence was a joke. I DO NOT and HAVE NOT ever sacrificed seven pure white rabbits. Three or four, maybe. But NEVER seven. The spark of genius can hit me at any time. Once I was driving down Interstate I-680 trying to come up with a funny, clever name for a fake snake that was part of a trick. The writing gods cracked open my skull, dropped a golden nugget of an idea in and then sewed my head back up. I had to take the next exit to find a place to park so I could dig around for a piece of scrap paper and a pen to write down this gem. “This is my snake, Rocky. Rocky is a very rare breed of snake. He’s half Ball Python and half Boa Constrictor. That’s right…(wait for it) Rocky Bal-boa.” And the Other Moments More often than not though, my creativity has to be coaxed. One method I’ve found to be very effective is to look at a certain prop or trick, set some parameters and then let my mind wander. Let me give you an example. Years ago I was putting together a Summer Reading Program show for the libraries. Their theme that year was “Make a Splash at Your Library.” So, I determined that every trick I would do in that show would have something to do with water. I found myself staring at trick called the “Die Box.” The Die Box is a wooden box with two doors in the front of the box. It’s a comedy routine where a large die (as in one-half of a pair...

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Our Thanks for Another Successful Writers Camp

Our Thanks for Another Successful Writers Camp

Volunteers teach, move, inspire and work – work – work to make the Fine Lines Camp a success! Participants engage, inquire, listen and write – write – write, and this makes Fine Lines Camp a success! Thank you for being a part of camp this year. Share with us your experience. Submit your work! Stay in touch, we’ll see you next year, and Write On!   3×5 Folded Card View the entire collection of...

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