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Literary Opportunities: March 2014
Creative Writing

Literary Opportunities: March 2014

Despite a new, and very unexpected, full-time position as Marketing Communication Specialist at a big corporate, my main focus this year will be the completion of my creative writing guide. From a blogging perspective, I will continue to offer peer support by sharing resources and insights that relate to change, creativity, and writing. Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition … Continue reading

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #4
SERIES / Themes & Premise

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #4

Comparisons Magic realism is not ONE thing to ALL writers or readers—rather, think about it as some type of writing that’s determined by a narrator’s leaning toward the Latin American, European or ‘popular’ strand of magic realism. The style has undoubtedly matured beyond its Latin American origin and gone beyond any attempt at a simplistic … Continue reading

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #3
Magic Realism / SERIES

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #3

Characteristics The ‘magic’ in magic realism is brought about by the narrator shifting his here-and-now perspective to represent the unconscious. In doing so, he effortlessly morphs the story to depict bizarre phenomena or supernatural influences such as divine interventions, interactions with ancestors, ghostly manifestations, the presence of animal or weather spirits or any blend of … Continue reading

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #1
Magic Realism / SERIES

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #1

Definition The term ‘magic realism’ came into being by way of Germany’s post-Expressionist painters using peculiar techniques for depicting the ordinary world as if seen through a mysterious lens. The style was thought to be distinctive from surrealism: absurd scenes juxtaposing illusion and reality to allow the unconscious to express itself. As a literary genre, … Continue reading

Goal-setting in Creative Writing: Tip #5
Craft Book

Goal-setting in Creative Writing: Tip #5

*POSITIVE INTENTION An important NLP coaching principle relating to the management of change states that all behavior serves a positive purpose, even behavior that’s ostensibly ‘negative.’ For instance, the positive intention of fear is often safety. Fear of public speaking might be motivated by a person’s subconscious desire to safeguard himself against possible humiliation. Moreover, … Continue reading

Goal-setting in Creative Writing: Tip #2
Craft Book

Goal-setting in Creative Writing: Tip #2

NEGATIONS Negation is a complex linguistic phenomenon that is present in all human languages. It is a statement that might subconsciously appear affirmative on the surface yet is negative by default thanks to a process whereby a certain unit—word, clause, value—turns part(s) of the statement into its opposite. Examples: The sunset is INcredible. She does … Continue reading

What is the Gist of Your Story? #17
SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #17

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Sonia Marsh. She welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers and readers at: website /  Facebook / Twitter or email her at: sonia@soniamarsh.com. Author’s bio Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her … Continue reading