Lit Lesson #7 – Pure Observation III

By now you’ve had several weeks to practice this hinky little exercise that shows you just how invasive your mind is when it comes to seeing people and places, and hearing what other people have to say. I know it’s hard not to interpret, judge, evaluate, interject, explain, and basically impose your thoughts on the experience but remember, the job …

Lit Lesson #6 – Pure Observations II

Another round of observations. Thank you Karen, Allan and Angela. The work this summer is to observe, not judge, evaluate, or connect dots. I’ve struck through anything that doesn’t fit the criteria, and I’ve also struck through unnecessary words to free you from the tyranny of complete sentences and last, I’ve added words (in brackets), or questions (also in brackets) …

Lit Lesson #5 – Pure Observation Exercise

The initial observations are trickling in!  Thank you, so much, Chris and Allan from the Tuesday AM Studio. My goal was to urge you all to build up the muscle of pure presence in order to slow down that “action hungry,” aspect of our inner creator, and to see more fully. Allan wrote this in his email:  This has been a major …

Lit Lesson #4 – Get Published

If you are a writer studying at the Studio, you know I’ve been promising a resource list to help ease your way toward submitting your work. It’s here, at last, and I must thank Joseph from Studio III, because he pulled it all together for me. Many balk at submitting, due to the fear. IE:  You might believe your work is not …

Lit Lessons #3 – Intentional Fallacy

This in today from George Saunders, in the Guardian.  What writers really do when they write.  Check it out.  I think my favorite like is this thought early on in the article:  We often discuss art this way: the artist had something he “wanted to express”, and then he just, you know … expressed it. We buy into some version …

Lit Lesson #2 – Artistic Creation

Three Iconic Musicians on Artistic Creation — and Its Importance Now (from Tom Waits) “Well, music is emotional, once you transcend the equipment,” he said. “I like sitting at the piano. I like the idea that there are things coming in through the window and through you and then down to the piano and out the window on the other side. If you …

It’s Live: blackbirdstudiopdx.com!

I have to shout out Josh and Mike over at SideResult.  They built this killer site and got me into the 21st century!  Thanks, guys. This blog will be for literary insights, and lessons.  I’ll call them Lit Lessons!  Little snippets the students bring into class, that I find in my reading and listening to podcasts and even brain explosions …

Lit Lessons #1 – Structure

Way back when I was young teacher, I found this in a Pixar tip sheep.  It’s a structure outline and yes, when you think about it, structure is that easy. Once upon a time there was ___.  Every day, ___.  One day ___.  Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___.  Until finally ___. But don’t trust me on this, …