William Childress, in his response to Willard Spiegelman’s essay ‘Has Poetry Changed?’, claims that modern free verse fails to appreciate poetic craft, is something you ‘just sit down and write’ and does not provide receivers with a moving, emotional impact. He further suggests that not only is there a lack of craft involved, but even free-er poetry’s […]
This August, Bhooks has received plenty of new convenience features, bugfixes, and we set up an initial base for online chat and levels (based off total feathers).
“That frustrating, self-defeating inability to generate the next line, the right phrase, the sentence that will release the flow of words again.” – Mike Rose, A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer’s Block. Writer’s block. Every writer at one point in their journey has had those two foreboding words squat inside their thoughts. Usually, this unwanted visitor […]
“Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs.” – Jerome Stern No matter how wonderful your description is, no matter how many unique metaphors or images you include, nothing can ever “make up” for poorly-written dialogue. Dialogue is the life of your story. It […]
“If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” – Anton Chekhov In brief, Chekhov’s Gun is the idea of including only what is necessary to the story. If it’s not essential, cut it. The Chekhov’s Gun concept has […]