Motney Stew

Welcome to my stew. Just pretend that tumblr is the thick beef broth and each of my posts are the carrots, big meaty chunks, onions, and celery. Great, now I'm hungry.

yeahwriters:

Write a story that takes place during detention.
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yeahwriters:

Write a story that takes place during detention.

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WRITERS: Contribute Scripts, Story Treatments, or Dialogue for the Hot Air Balloon Gun Duel short film.

VISUAL ARTISTS: Contribute Illustrations for the Hot Air Balloon Gun Duel.

Do it

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COMEDY WRITERS: Write Comedy Sketches using the game of Truth or Dare as a prompt for our episode RE: Secrets.

EVERYONE WITH A CAMERA: RECord yourself sharing an experience you had with the game of Truth or Dare. 

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WRITERS: Write Stories for THIS LITTLE DRAGON who can’t breathe fire.

ILLUSTRATORS: Create the World where THIS LITTLE DRAGON lives.

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yeahwriters:

5 Books on Writing That Every Writer Should Read
To be a better writer, there are really only things that you need to do: Read, and write. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about being a writer, and that having a well-rounded understanding of how writing “works” isn’t beneficial.
These 5 books were all assigned to me as a creative writing undergrad, and all have pieces of wisdom in them that have etched themselves so thoroughly into my brain that I feel like they’re all floating over my head while I’m writing.
I specifically chose these because they aren’t all just saying “here’s how I write, you should do it too”—the topics of these books are very diverse!
1. Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose: Like I said, the best thing you can do to be a better writer is read. But what does that mean? What should you read? Francine Prose (yes, that is her real last name, if you can even believe it!) helps you answer those questions, and shows how looking for certain things while you read and reread can strengthen your own writing. Check it!
2. On Writing by Stephen King: This is the one book on my list that is saying “here’s how I write, you should too”. But Stephen King is basically the most prolific writer ever, so I was happy to listen to his advice. Two points of his really stuck with me: 1. Adverbs are lazy and 2. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is put it down for a long time—like, 6 months or a year—and come back to it with eyes so fresh that it’s like you’re editing someone else’s story. I’d be interested to know what points of his sticks with you guys!
3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: I posted about this the other day, but this book is like my writing Bible. In fact, a friend of mine who doesn’t even write got to reading it, and he loved it, too. Basically if you’re a human with a goal, this book will help you. And Anne Lamott writes kinda like this wise, kind mother who isn’t afraid to also tell you what’s up. Whereas a lot of other books on writing are about the actual storytelling, I like this book because it’s more about the writer’s “lifestyle”. Go get it now so that we can gush together!
4. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe: This is actually just an essay, but considering that Poe is often credited with being the inventor of the modern short story, I had to include it on this list. It’s in this essay that Poe famously defined a short story as one that can be told in one sitting. Whereas King’s On Writing is really “zoomed in” on topics like word choice, this essay is a high level, theoretical piece on what a story actually is. You can get it for 99 cents on Kindle, or, even better, read it as part of a collection of all of his stories… ugh, they’re SO good!!!
5. Elements of Style by Strunk & White: I cannot tell you how often I’ve received this little book as a gift—for high school graduation, for college graduation, and for many Christmases and birthdays. But it’s all good because it is kinda essential for a writer to have. Elements of Style is all about—gasp!—grammar. (I should probably give it a read-through again so that I can re-center and remember my grammatical skillz, actually!) Also, there are some cute versions out now that make it seem less snore-fest-y—I really want this illustrated copy!
If you read any of these books and post quotes from them on your Tumblr, tag them #yeahwritebooks and I’ll reblog you!

yeahwriters:

5 Books on Writing That Every Writer Should Read

To be a better writer, there are really only things that you need to do: Read, and write. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about being a writer, and that having a well-rounded understanding of how writing “works” isn’t beneficial.

These 5 books were all assigned to me as a creative writing undergrad, and all have pieces of wisdom in them that have etched themselves so thoroughly into my brain that I feel like they’re all floating over my head while I’m writing.

I specifically chose these because they aren’t all just saying “here’s how I write, you should do it too”the topics of these books are very diverse!

1. Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose: Like I said, the best thing you can do to be a better writer is read. But what does that mean? What should you read? Francine Prose (yes, that is her real last name, if you can even believe it!) helps you answer those questions, and shows how looking for certain things while you read and reread can strengthen your own writing. Check it!

2. On Writing by Stephen King: This is the one book on my list that is saying “here’s how I write, you should too”. But Stephen King is basically the most prolific writer ever, so I was happy to listen to his advice. Two points of his really stuck with me: 1. Adverbs are lazy and 2. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is put it down for a long timelike, 6 months or a yearand come back to it with eyes so fresh that it’s like you’re editing someone else’s story. I’d be interested to know what points of his sticks with you guys!

3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: I posted about this the other day, but this book is like my writing Bible. In fact, a friend of mine who doesn’t even write got to reading it, and he loved it, too. Basically if you’re a human with a goal, this book will help you. And Anne Lamott writes kinda like this wise, kind mother who isn’t afraid to also tell you what’s up. Whereas a lot of other books on writing are about the actual storytelling, I like this book because it’s more about the writer’s “lifestyle”. Go get it now so that we can gush together!

4. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe: This is actually just an essay, but considering that Poe is often credited with being the inventor of the modern short story, I had to include it on this list. It’s in this essay that Poe famously defined a short story as one that can be told in one sitting. Whereas King’s On Writing is really “zoomed in” on topics like word choice, this essay is a high level, theoretical piece on what a story actually is. You can get it for 99 cents on Kindle, or, even better, read it as part of a collection of all of his stories… ugh, they’re SO good!!!

5. Elements of Style by Strunk & White: I cannot tell you how often I’ve received this little book as a giftfor high school graduation, for college graduation, and for many Christmases and birthdays. But it’s all good because it is kinda essential for a writer to have. Elements of Style is all aboutgasp!grammar. (I should probably give it a read-through again so that I can re-center and remember my grammatical skillz, actually!) Also, there are some cute versions out now that make it seem less snore-fest-yI really want this illustrated copy!

If you read any of these books and post quotes from them on your Tumblr, tag them #yeahwritebooks and I’ll reblog you!

Win One of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books Ever Written!

tetw:

To win on of our 100 favourite non-fiction books (you get to choose which one) just reblog this post. Not on Tumblr? Tweet a link tagged #tetw. We’ll pick a random winner. No cash alternative. Judge’s decision is final. Bla bla bla.

Books make my grammar betters.

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CALLING ALL WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ANIMATORS, & MUSICIANS!

Let’s make more scenes from a fictional film!  Check out catamaranwestern’s “Scenes from a Fictional Film” collab and contribute writing, photos, animation + audio!

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WRITERS: Find cool photos on the site and add short subtitles, dialogue, voice-over, or narration.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Contribute evocative photos that are in need of text.

ANIMATORS: Make these still photos come to life by adding subtle motion to the frame.

MUSICIANS: Create audio for these animations.

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Contribute to the “SCENES FROM A FICTIONAL FILM” collab HERE!

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SUBMIT YOUR WRITING AND ART TO BE PUBLISHED IN A THING

yeahwriters:

if you’ve got any of that that explores or makes reference to your heritage, culture, region, hometown, neighborhood, community, etc etc etc. any type of art or writing welcome.

deadline february 15!

(but send it anyway if you still have something after that)

more info here: http://mapsforteeth.wordpress.com/submit/

and then send it here: mapsforteeth@gmail.com

if you know anyone that might be interested, please pass this on. thank you!

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yeahwriters:

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Hiya!

My names Weasel and I’m the managing editor for a small, non-profit literary magazine called Vagabonds. We publish twice a year and we’re currently calling for submissions! We have a full list of guidelines available on our website for all to review. We’re a magazine that has a beat generation mentality looking for dedicated artists and writers to feature in our upcoming issue. 

http://creativevagabonds.wordpress.com/

Thank you for your time!

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A Reaction to Hunter

I close the back cover of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It is an unsatisfying feeling in my fingers due to the warped pages that prevent a flat close - probably from water damage. Or semen. Who the fuck knows? I wonder if this is what prostitutes and whores feel like near the end of their life - like a handled library book. Full of dents and bends and rips. Passed along between any sad pathetic person with cash like some sort of hopeless reverse assembly line. Instead of workers inspecting and building a product they chip off parts of it until it’s nothing more than a couple pieces barely held together and covered with cheap paint. Depressing thoughts on this stark black Thursday night. 

How is it possible for a man to flood his brain with so many psychedelic chemicals and still function? I guess Hunter had quite a tolerance living though the LSD counter culture movement. I imagine that his savage journey to Las Vegas - and the drugs that rearranged the chemicals in his brain like an amateur scientist in a room full of beakers and test tubes - was no match for his seasoned (and fried) grey matter. His brain, at that point, was the scabbed over knee of a young skateboarder in the late summer months. The rigid, slightly oval scab acting as a dark shield against the unforgiving pavement.

Is this what people want to read about? Someone else taking all the wild and risky adventures for them and then documenting the results. Would the world be full of artists and open minded people if we all went on our own adventures? I’m reminded of when I planned to take weekend trips to …wherever. Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas . Anywhere. Just drive around and look for an adventure. I have morphed into an introverted mustachioed person and I felt that spontaneous trips would help me break - or at least significantly crack- this outer shell. Of course those solo trips never happened and I lie here in my bed with my laptop slowly cooking my cock as I write about what ifs. Oh well, there’s always next weekend. Stay positive! Like HIV!