Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Guest Post: Lessons from the Poets.

Lynn Wiese Sneyd of LWS Literary Services—a firm which provides a variety of marketing and publicity services for authors—kindly asked me to contribute a guest post to her site. The post went online today. It’s titled “Three Things We Can Learn from Poets” and talks about a few literary techniques employed by poets and how writers of prose can employ those tools to improve what they write. Read my contribution here, http://wp.me/p2CvCp-jh, and be sure to check out the rest of Lynn’s web site to access a whole bunch of interesting and helpful information.

The ideas in my guest post are condensed from an in-depth treatment of the subject I will present in late October at the Kanab Writers Conference. (More about that later.) 

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    1. Thanks, Jim--although I doubt there's much, if anything, I can tell you about making words sing.

  2. Rod, Great post. Thanks. Turning a phrase is one of the reasons I enjoy rewrites. I do creative in the morning and the fun stuff in the afternoon.

    1. I'm all in favor of having a good time, Paul--especially with words. Thanks.

  3. Hey, buddy. I remember from my years of teaching when every semester, always at or near its beginning, a student would ask, "Now, Mr. Brown, are you going to grade me on what I say? Or how I say it?" My response: "Happy to grade you on either basis? Just as soon as you show me how to separate the two." Sorry to be a smartass. JB