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Let's get creative. If you haven't played before, The Muse Wars is just for fun- it's a creative writing prompt. You can write whatever you like.
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As a lay-poet as far as these things go, like so many of my brethren of the world, I was taught about haiku as an esteemed and revered short form of poetry with simple requirements. Those must-haves being 17 morae (commonly described as syllables, but even that isn't exactly right), usually in the standard three-line, 5-7-5 configuration.
But not all 5-7-5 poetry is haiku and not all are created equal.
Writing is a lonely business, people. It's just you and the computer, or your notebook and quill, or whatever utensils you deem worthy. But thankfully, there is a huge and vibrant writing community just waiting to be tapped into online and in many cases, locally.
There's definitely something to be said about finishing things. In fact, there's a lot of stuff that's already been said about it. Especially as it pertains to writing. Just google "finishing quotes" and you'll see what I mean. Incidentally, if you accidentally google "Finnish quotes" you might be equally enlightened:
Niin makaa, kuin petaa.
Translation: One sleeps like one makes his bed. Or, you reap what you sow.
When it comes to writing, there is usually a time when you will share your work with other people, writers and non, who will return their feedback to you. And if there is one thing that is hard to manage, it's feedback that feels at odds with your own view of your work. This is where judgment comes in.
No Excusesmantra1. the state of mind where one refuses to give in or let a cause be lost.
The greatest enemy to a writer is the excuse. It's a lot of work to write, and deep down, your subconscious knows this. It wants you to loll around and eat bon bons between napping and vacation days. I am afraid to try and list all the things that get done around here when I should be writing.
I imagined one day I would write a book: a work of fiction - a blockbuster that would make me a million; win me the Booker Prize. I did write a book - and had it published by a reputable publisher - but it wasn't really the 'book of my dreams...
Love little tidbits of inspiration as I slowly wake up to the day ahead. :)
You won't need to beg, not likely, though I wouldn't entirely rule it out. Don't be too proud to beg if you think that would work. The first time I saw this book I passed on it. I thought it was just another book talking about stuff I knew w...
Here's a list of 7 well paying sites for science fiction and fantasy writers that pay a minimum of $0.03/word and much more.
Get hired to blog. Here's a secret: great clients don't advertise. Experienced professional bloggers get great clients and charge appropriate rates.
Last week, my friend Donna Trump, a lovely and talented writer I met in on of Vodo's writing classes at The Loft a bajillion years ago asked me to take part in
DIY Editorat BuzzFeed (View all jobs)New YorkBuzzFeed's DIY section needs an experienced editor for a full-time position in the New York office available to start immediately. The ideal candidate will be a Pinterest junkie with a proven track record in this space. Previous experience writing for a successful DIY/motherhood blog is a necessity. Must be extremely knowledgable in the realm of child-raising and have an immense sense of creativity when it comes to saving money, making life easier, and general homemaking.
Topics covered, but not limited to, include parenting, weddings, home decor, and design. More importantly, the right candidate is open to covering these topics in a humorous and accessible way, and able to think of new and cool ways to approach them.
Write and produce posts that people want to sharePitch ideas in our editorial meetings for posts, projects and videosObsessively observe viral trends, especially on Etsy, Pinterest, and FacebookRequirements
2-5 years experience writing in the realm of DIY, parenting, and home decor with a focus on problem-solvingAn appreciation for aesthetics and designStrong presence on PinterestA positive, curious, playful disposition with a sense of humorComfort with the fast pace of internet publishingInterest in how ideas and trends spread on Pinterest and FacebookExperience using social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and PinterestPhotography, graphic design, home or crafting DIY skills are all a major plusInterested candidates should send the following to Peggy Wang, Peggy@buzzfeed.com to apply:
Create a profile on BuzzFeed and publish a number of posts that show off your internet chops and writing prowess. How well do you get the BuzzFeed voice and style? A few short paragraphs explainings why you'd be a good fit for this particular position, pasted into the body of an email. No formal cover letters, please.A link to your BuzzFeed profileA resume (you can attach this).Links to your social media accounts, such as a Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, or personal blog.
BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 130M.
Travis Greenwood gave great advice on how to "optimize your buzz." Here are some more tips!
Original reporting and analysis plus the real conversation of the social web.
About BuzzFeed CommunityBuzzFeed Community is the home for awesome posts created by BuzzFeeders who have successfully applied to be in BuzzFeed's Community. To apply to be in BuzzFeed's Community, all you need to do is sign up for an account, make a post that you think would do well on BuzzFeed, and click "Suggest" to suggest your post to our Community Editors.
For tips on how to make posts that will do well on BuzzFeed, go here.
For guidelines on what you should and shouldn't post on BuzzFeed, go here.
For BuzzFeed's User Agreement, go here.
If the post you suggest is good or fun or original or interesting or some glorious combination of those four things, our editors will feature it on the BuzzFeed Community page. (It's probably worth noting here that we generally avoid featuring commercially oriented posts.) From there, it has a chance to spread all over the Internet, bringing you fame, fortune, and the deserved adulation of your peers. If you can make it big on BuzzFeed, you can make it anywhere on the Internet, is the old saying that people definitely say.
But so here is how all of that works, in a list. People like lists, right?
Year after year, I have not successfully stopped swearing no matter how hard I try. And let's face it: There is always room for a nice mofo here and there. And, while we're talking about futility, there is nothing you can do to stop me from eating ALL the chunky artichoke and jalapeno dip from Costco.
So, instead of the same-old list of things that I never seem to make stick, I resolve to always be on the path of self- and home- and life- improvement and make each day an opportunity to achieve whatever goals I've got going on at the mo. I plan to make plans and follow them through to the end. I've got big picture goals (e.g., publish the two books I have in the hopper, get the outline done for #3) but in order to get there, I've got many smaller goals that need to be reached in order for those to happen.
We've already established that writing is a lonely business requiring Assiduity, Backbone, Community, and Drive. But, when you find yourself locked in your writing cave for weeks at a time with only the time stamp on your tweets to tell you if the sun is out or not, it can be easy to forget how to talk to people and connect with your writing community.
Some people scoff at the notion that we are all intuitive. I believe that everyone is. How many times have you had a "gut feeling" about something, positive or negative that turned out to be right? When it comes to writing, I believe this comes into play quite often as you develop your story or as you allow your story to develop itself.
Manifestation is HUGE. I follow this group called TUT.com and get daily emails from the Universe that help me stay mindful of their motto: Thoughts become things... so choose the good ones!
Opennessnoun1. the free expression of one's true feelings2. receptiveness
As a writer, I've found that openness is a virtue. As far as creativity goes, the more open you are, the better. So often I find that as I am outlining ideas for whatever I'm working on, the more open I let my mind become, the more I let go of the ideas I'm trying to work with and let them morph and expand into the things they are trying to be, the better my writing becomes.
This month, after nearly ten years, I finished the fictional autobiography of Peter McCarthy, a character I have carried around in my head since I wrote my first novel, using his name as the title, when I was twenty. In the three novels that make up The Au...
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After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait...
Editorial Intern, Foodat BuzzFeed (View all jobs)New YorkBuzzFeed's food vertical needs a hard-working editorial intern for a full-time paid position in the New York office. The person will work closely with the food team to create social content that readers love to share. This means writing posts about food and eating that are tailored to BuzzFeed's audience and exploring how people share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. He or she will also be responsible for maintaining and growing some of BuzzFeed Food's social media accounts. This is a perfect opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a career in media and publishing who is fascinated by the web.
All applicants should have a genuine love of food and eating. You should also have:
High emotional intelligence. Ability to take the perspective of others. A competitive drive -- you enjoy winning, really going for it, new challenges.Candidates should apply below and please include the following:
Your resume. A cover letter explaining why you're the right person for this internship and what food/eating perspective you can bring to the role. Links to your own published work that is consistent with what you'd like to do at BuzzFeed. Alternately, create sample post as a community user on BuzzFeed, and submit those links. Links to your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr).About BuzzFeedBuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 130M.
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