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
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.
Here are some new writing rules.
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.