Episode 123 – “The Gravity of Birds With Tracy Guzeman”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Tracy Guzeman


Pre-recorded show due to timing and scheduling conflicts.


Tracy Guzeman’s new novel The Gravity of Birds was released in August last year and we had the pleasure to have a chat about all things writing, how to’s and birds. We asked her about combining a love of birds and love of books because it’s such an interesting idea.


We also talk about Tracy’s love of spine poetry. Can see more at her website: www.tracyguzeman.com

Love always

Little Earthquakes

In Between Days

When the world was steady.



Make spine poetry of course. Find your favorite books and line them up. Did you discover a theme? Are there repeats? Can you manipulate the spines to make sense? Try for four or five poems of five books each.

Word of the week:





adjective: 1. Well suited. 2. Pleasing.


From Latin felix (happy). Earliest documented use: 1641.


“As good actors age — perhaps a more felicitous word would be mature — they learn how to do more with less.”
Charles Isherwood; A Literary Life Can Turn Lonely When the Cheering Stops; The New York Times; Apr 29, 2010.

From worldwidewords.org

Tortured sentences:


Here are some new writing rules.

–Robin Kinkead.


1.Avoid alliteration. Always.

2.Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3.Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)

4.Employ the vernacular.

5.Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6.Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7.It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

8.Contractions aren’t necessary.

9.Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

10.One should never generalize.






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