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Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery

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Christopher Meeks

Some years ago when I first started to teach a fiction class called “Essential Beginnings” at UCLA Extension, I had to consider what I should offer new writers. In the context of a three-hour class, what things might I guide people toward that they may not otherwise discover immediately on their own? Poetry. I use it now, too, in my fiction class at Santa Monica College.

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Zeugma? Is this a literary device you know? Be sure to see Christopher Meeks's superb list of sound and imagery devices.

 

Christopher Meeks is a writer who also teaches writing. His techniques for adult writers also work in the classroom with young writers. I've enjoyed his work for years. 

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Christopher Meeks: Writing lessons - facing a blank screen and winning

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Christopher Meeks: For a few seconds, I pictured writing the words "I'm stuck"and simply sending it in as a column.


Once I started writing something, though, it all came to me. This is a topic I know. Sometimes that's all it takes—just to write something.

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The great writing teacher Christopher Meeks shares some insight into idea generation and writer's block demolition in this vintage article.


The article was online for years, but then disappeared along with the eFuse website. Special thanks goes to Archive.org and the Wayback Machine for making this article available. 


I use this for my 6-Traits writing class, but it applies to all writers who want to be better writers.  Notice the links to other articles in this series. (It's a gold mine of great wriitng advice.)

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Christopher Meeks: Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU

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Christopher Meeks: Developing a voice in your writing is a notion that passes over me every now and then like the "thung" sound of an error message on my computer. "I should develop a voice," I think. "My voice is off today," I think. "Maybe I should work on that voice thing," I think.

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Kris Emery's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:05 AM

Write like you talk is great advice that I see everywhere and I agree completely. Saying that, be cautious if you're crap at talking.  Or crap at writing like you talk.  And please punctuate.

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