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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia” | Writing | Scoop.it

Todays guest bring with him a fresh prospecive.


Via Kenneth Weene
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I am thrilled to include Kenneth Weene amongst my guests. Informative, interestinag and always original. Read his post. 

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:05 AM

I love to share new ideas about writing. Hope you'll take time to check out this piece I wrote about a strange phenomenon and how we authors might use it.

Brian Hayden's comment, April 25, 2013 8:34 AM
Please take a moment to read this. Kenneth Weene provides writers with new possibilities.
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Brian M. Hayden | Supporting Literacy and Libraries

Brian M. Hayden | Supporting Literacy and Libraries | Writing | Scoop.it

Read what can happen when a small Texas town comes together to support the initiative for a new library. Supporting literacy programs one book at a time

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Imagine a small Texas town deciding to write stories and poems. Then, consider what happens when professional writers, politicians and others join in. What if a writing professional took those stories and poems and published them.

 

That is what this project did. Every penny of every sale of this book's royalties goes to the "Friends of the Universal City Library", a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization.

 

Check out our story, and our book. Support literacy - support our library.  

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Brian M. Hayden | Birth of a Book

Brian M. Hayden | Birth of a Book | Writing | Scoop.it

I began blogging on April 10, 2010. Since this first post, I’ve added an additional 205 posts – all related to my health issues.  This blog was the birth place for both memoirs. In fact, the blog’s name was “Death: Living To Talk About It”. Sound familiar? That is the name of my first memoir. You have to remember, I was dying. There was a sense of urgency to get my thoughts on paper. This blog was never supposed to become a book. After some prodding by friends, my family and others, I decided to use the blog as the foundation for the book.

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Due to it’s popularity over the years, I have decided to re-run the blog.  Not at it’s original location though. I want to run it from my web site. From my new blog.

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Brian M. Hayden | “Memorial Day – More Than Just A BBQ”

Brian M. Hayden | “Memorial Day – More Than Just A BBQ” | Writing | Scoop.it

Seems like a lifetime ago. Nearly 40 years have past since my friends and I began a Memorial Day ritual. We would gather on the morning of Memorial Day, pour a glass of whisky and toast our friends  and comrades in the military – both living and not. The years march on. Places change. So do the faces, but the ritual survives. Memorial Day, 2005 was the last time I tipped a glass to my comrades. I was getting my work-up for a heart transplant. I was so sick, that even my beloved ritual at last fell.

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I am retired from the military. It seems that the essence of Memorial Day might be lost. Allow me to help find it again.

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Brian T. Shirley – “Save Whatever You Write!”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Brian T. Shirley – “Save Whatever You Write!” | Writing | Scoop.it

 

I started writing when I was a kid, a very silly kid. I have always loved writing a story, handing it to someone and watching them smile or sometimes even a laugh as they read.

Now I can write something, do it onstage and get the same reaction, hopefully. I write stand-up comedy and perform it, I write humor books and more recently write for a radio show. These are all different types of writing for several reasons, even though they are the same genre.

Stand-up is written with the visual, audio and immediate reaction all rolled into one. You have to hear yourself say the jokes and feel yourself act them out several times before they become a regular part of the set. They may also change with time as you add or take away from them as your act evolves, so must keep you material fluid. I recently developed a character for my stand-up act called “The Fine Southern Gentleman”. He was a challenge to write and perform because there were really no jokes, no set up or punches, but more of a running dialogue. He also pops in and out of my show in different spots as a “call back” voice later on once he has been established. This is more of an improv form, so I’m really writing from the stage with the character’s voice.

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My guest gives us some great writing tips. Read his essay.

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Brian Hayden's comment, May 14, 2013 8:51 PM
Both entertaining and interesting. Stop by and read this.
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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Arlene Knickerbocker – “What Readers Retain”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Arlene Knickerbocker – “What Readers Retain” | Writing | Scoop.it

Once we decide to write for publication, our focus must shift. We are told, “Write what you are passionate about.” However, if readers are not passionate about that topic, who will read what we write? Every publisher asks their writers to identify their target audience and give specific demographics. Every publisher asks their writers what readers will take away from their article, story, poetry, or book.

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Arlene writes an interesting essay on approaching the task of writing. Stop by and read it.

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Sherry Ellis – “How to Write an Excellent Query Letter”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Sherry Ellis – “How to Write an Excellent Query Letter” | Writing | Scoop.it

   Writers put a lot of effort into their manuscripts.  They agonize over plot and character development, rewriting countless times until they get it right.  Yet, when it comes to writing query letters, that same diligence doesn’t always carry through.  They write something shoddy that doesn’t pique the interest of a potential agent or publisher.  Their manuscript doesn’t stand a chance of being read.

 

A query letter is a single page cover letter, introducing the author and his book.  It contains three paragraphs:  the hook, a mini-synopsis, and the writer’s biography.  Under no circumstances should a query be more than a page in length.  Agents are inundated with query letters, so lengthy ones are a big turn-off.  Word economy should be used when crafting the letter.  If something can be said in one word, do not use three.

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My guest, Sherry Ellis is an accomplished author. Today Sherry presents us with an interesting and informative post on :Query Letters".

 

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia” | Writing | Scoop.it

Todays guest bring with him a fresh prospecive.


Via Kenneth Weene
Brian Hayden's insight:

I am thrilled to include Kenneth Weene amongst my guests. Informative, interestinag and always original. Read his post. 

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:05 AM

I love to share new ideas about writing. Hope you'll take time to check out this piece I wrote about a strange phenomenon and how we authors might use it.

Brian Hayden's comment, April 25, 2013 8:34 AM
Please take a moment to read this. Kenneth Weene provides writers with new possibilities.
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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Dianne Gardner – “On Writing Descriptive, a Painters View”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Dianne Gardner – “On Writing Descriptive, a Painters View” | Writing | Scoop.it

Here is one of many guest posts to come. I have invited seasoned pros to share their wisdom, insight and tips on writing, and books. Tune in often.

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Dianne Gardner gives us a sensational post on writing descriptive. Great tips and advise.

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Brian Hayden's curator insight, April 24, 2013 3:27 PM

Excellent post discussing the art of writing discriptive.

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Brian M. Hayden | Birth of a Book – “Gotta Die First”

Brian M. Hayden | Birth of a Book – “Gotta Die First” | Writing | Scoop.it

As you can see, the early days of my blog were thrown together. I hadn’t considered that others might read my words. I just needed to get my thoughts on paper. The following three posts were published one after the other – three days in a row. You can tell by the spelling problems that I didn’t review and edit my work. Not yet. Those days would not come for some time.

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This blog retraces my death, and the life afterwards. It also evaluates my writing and delves into why I wrote as I did.

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Gemma Mawdsley – “Writing Horror”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Gemma Mawdsley – “Writing Horror” | Writing | Scoop.it

 I tried my hand at a couple of different genres until I finally realised what I wanted to write about, the paranormal. I have always been interested in the subject and was immersed in it during my childhood summers spent at my great grandmother’s gothic pile. Old houses lend themselves to the telling of ghost stories and need no special effects, as the creaking floorboards and scratching in the wainscoting come as standard in these old buildings. We shared a large bedroom, the women’s quarters and I still remember, whenever a footfall sounded late in the night, my grand-aunt’s eerie whisper of, “Shush, listen, it’s the spirits.”

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My guest blogger writes the chain of events which led her to writing horror stories.

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Sinead MacDughlas – “Where Do Your Titles Come From?”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Sinead MacDughlas – “Where Do Your Titles Come From?” | Writing | Scoop.it

The truth is, titles are tricky. I’ve found no definitive method for generating the perfect title. Now, I’ve never claimed to be an expert on the craft of writing, and I doubt I ever will. The best I can do is share my meager experience, and hope someone finds something useful in it.

Here is my take on titles:

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My guest writes a fascinating essay on the origin of "Titles'.

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Michael Bradley – “Writing – Is It Creative?”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Michael Bradley – “Writing – Is It Creative?” | Writing | Scoop.it

Most people think as an author and a magazine columnist that I create new things and new stories.  Oddly, the answer is yes and no.  We are the sum of our neural connections and memories.  I do not believe you can create anything new.  All you can do is take what is already in your head, and mix and match it into something new.  A good friend and fellow author disagreed with me.  In fact, he intentionally made up a name at random and put it in his story.  He was very proud to “prove me wrong.”  That week, he made the same turn he always did on his way home and noticed a small sign – with his entirely random name on it.  He changed the name in his story – to another random one, and went on his way, maybe a little more interested in my theory.

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My guest today presents us with a provocative perspective on creative writing.

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Brian Hayden's comment, May 14, 2013 8:52 PM
I am not sure I agree, but it will surely make you think.
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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Uvi Pozansky – “The Cyclical Process of Writing”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Post by Uvi Pozansky – “The Cyclical Process of Writing” | Writing | Scoop.it

In any task you undertake, you often hear the advice: start at the beginning, continue down the middle, and finish at the end. Writing is no different. Problem is, as you advance diligently down that path, you may find–to your surprise–that you are getting better, more proficient at your craft. Suddenly the opening of this chapter sounds so much catchier than the previous one; and the ending more powerful. You must constantly re-evaluate and rework previous chapters.

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Uvi Poznansky is a talented writer, author and oet who shares some of her wisdom with us in todays blog. Check her out. A truly gifted artisan.

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Brian Hayden's comment, May 14, 2013 8:55 PM
Get to know this talented artisan.
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Brian M. Hayden | Ernest Hemingway Told Me!

Brian M. Hayden | Ernest Hemingway Told Me! | Writing | Scoop.it

How often have you heard someone say, "I'm stuck! I cannot write! I've got writer's block. I've hit the wall."

 

Let me tell you - I am a member of numerous writing groups, and not a day goes by where I don't read  at least one of those phrases. Not a single day. I wonder then: If writing is such a problem, why are there (and I am not exaggerating) millions of books published every year. Blogs...who knows how many million blogs are skulking about. I can tell you this: If you don't know what you are writing about, you'll probably get stuck. If you don't have a passion for writing, you may hit a wall. If you cannot envision where the story is going, you may very well get brain block (I just invented that term)!

 

By now, you may be asking yourself, "why is this guy telling me how to fix this problem?" The answer to that question and the answer to these dilemma's come to me from a most unlikely source. The truth is - Ernest Hemingway told me.

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Do you want to be a better writer. Keep your eyes open You never know where that advise will come from. When Hemingway talks, take a moment to listen.

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Brian Hayden's comment, April 25, 2013 8:32 AM
He really did. Read about it.
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Brian M. Hayden | Brian’s Blog

Brian M. Hayden | Brian’s Blog | Writing | Scoop.it
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My blog offers book reviews, provocative posts, engaging commentary and a growing list of guests. My guests are writers, authors, poets, radio hosts, comics and other professionals. Always fresh. Always informative and always entertaining. Stop by and read my blog.

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Brian Hayden's comment, May 3, 2013 9:03 AM
Get to kno me, and all of the very talented guests I bring to the blog.