Clip art and inspiration: What can be more fun? I made a set of "boundary cards" (modeled after the "angel cards" where you draw one and use the word on it to inspire yourself). I have a fabulous ceramic bowl where the cards will live, ready to be drawn and pondered at will!
Clusteringis a nontraditional organization methods that allow participants
to bypass the Fatal Perfect Prose Snag and get their ideas down on paper.
Clustering is more like
drawing than it is like conventional writingor outlining. Participants
start with a topic phrase or idea, and quickly jot down all the elements that
come to mind, scattering them all over the page.
When all the details (of whatever importance) are
captured, a nice secondstep is to number the chunks in a tentative
order ofimportance. (This tentative quality is important...it keeps
I like to use numbers for the key items, and
letters for the subitems. This also allows the more linear among us to turn
the spiderweb into a formaloutline, which is a more
comfortable way for some people to proceed.
This project was a letter of support for Wallowa County's library, which in concert with nearly 70 other libraries provides interlibrary book borrowing, downloadable materials, online tutoring, and access to many newspapers.
The letter combines information about the value of these resources with awareness of local concerns facing the council.
The letter of support points out how library resources support local small business development and tourism, jobs, keeping young people in the county - all priority concerns for the council.
It demonstrates how one person used them to enhance a start-up business and save money in ways that allowed the "saved" funds to be spent locally or charitable activities such as purchasing food pantry bags from the local grocers for our "Community Connections" service, which also provides senior services.
National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) http://sites.google.com/site/nahaiwrimo/home/participation
Also see the exercise over at Andrew Shattuck McBride's section of Writer's Digest Community. During the month of February, where participants will post one haiku each day. Check it out on line at this link:
See also NaHaiWriMo's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/NaHaiWriMo/108107262587697. You can find prompts for writing them each day at http://sites.google.com/site/nahaiwrimo/home/daily-prompts .
Exercise: Create a list of seasonal references for a place you know well.
Haiku is or can be more complex than three lines of five words, seven words, five words, which is what has become an American notion of haiku.There are many other characteristics of haiku, and the one we’ll focus on today is the “season word.”It is a sometimes indirect reference to winter, spring, summer or fall - and true haiku always have one.
There is actually a list of a hundred “season words” but some are pretty specific to Japan, such as the spring word that means “nightingale”. If you read or hear a haiku about viewing cherry blossoms, you likely are hearing a spring poem.
Winter might be represented simply by “snow” or some variation on “cold.” But there are other concepts associated with the season – some of them cultural, like the “viewing of cherry blossoms.”
Japanese is a deliciously contextual language, and the different Japanese poetry forms often include a great deal of wordplay based on how a character can be pronounced, what it means in Japanese or Chinese, and a great deal more.
In English traditions there have been a number of attempts to create a set of season words. Sometimes the traditional season words work fine for us, but sometimes they don’t.
Try creating ten seasonal references for YOUR favorite place. What do you notice about them? Where do they overlap? Did you get confused? How did you work around that?
Some companies are relying on your social media presence as well of or even instead of a resume. Twitter, sharing products, and blogs express a lot about who you are and how you are in the world. A blog presence is a professional tool. Companies sometimes hire people to prepare their blogs and tweets. Now there's a reason to plan a personal social media presence for job hunting purposes, too.
Don't have time or aptitude to learn new tech?
Create a working support group with others or hire someone to get you started. There are many free resources, and many ways to make the "content" you post readable and "tell YOUR story."
There are two weaknesses to an impersonal style in letters.
1) It's unclear.
2) It's inhuman.
Get the "you" attitude. Don't think you need to fill your letters with I, my, we, and so on. If you think only of yourself, you invite resentment. Visualize your reader. Picture the signer of the letter talking face to face with the reader. Then write as the signer would talk - not exactly, but like it.
August 15-17 - Poetry Byway get together in Deschutes NF.
Planned: There will be a single-day paint-out, write-out event, plus a poetry geocache installation and e-publishing! The events will be free. If you have questions or are interested, contact Kathy Bowman at cascadelakespoetrybyway @ gmail.com
Congress critters do rely on your vote, and their staffers do look at the mail that comes in and take action if they can - and if your letter is compelling enough. To get action, Political Action Committees recommend writing a courteous three-paragraph letter structured like this:
1) Why I'm writing. Who I am. Credentials. Name and address for response.
2) Provide factual detail, not just emotion. Be specific, not general when it comes to describing how this affects you and others. If there's a bill, cite the correct title or bill number. (Thomas Legislative Information System can help you find that.)
3) Close by requesting the action you want (a vote for or against a bill, intervention, or a change in policy).
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