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January, 2008

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Write Angle
What's yours?
By  Rebecca Forster

Squaring up your approach to writing can make a significant difference in outcome.
"We'd like you to write something for IN," Julie wrote.
"What would I write about?" I considered. "Anything you want," the answer came back.
Okay. That was kind of like bobbing around in the middle of the ocean, hoping to spy the Land of Interesting. The choices were endless. My day? My mother? The darn screen that keeps popping out of the upstairs window?

Thankfully, choices can always be narrowed. For instance, when the email came through I was in the middle of a choice: Start a new book or stick my head in the oven. Both had valid reasons for being viable. Thinking about that led me to consider point of view.
Was I a half-empty kind of girl or half-full? Would I really stick my head in the oven or was that simply an expression of boredom. If I did stick my head in the oven, would I be distracted by the need to clean it before I was overcome by fumes?

Was I emotional, irrational, and impulsive or a critical and creative thinker? Was I too lazy to type? Was I a tough guy or a quitter? And all these questions got me thinking again!

This time the word that popped into my head was "angles" – which is what point of view invariably becomes. Like in the old movies when someone asks, "What's your angle, buddy?" They're really asking, "Whaddaya want? What's in it for me?"

Okay, so what did I want? I wanted to do something concrete and didn't feel like doing it. From my point of view, the day was a bust until Julie presented me with another option. Write something for IN.
Cool. Different. Manageable.
If I stuck my head in the oven the payoff was lousy. If I started a new project I might actually hit the jackpot and write a bestseller. Still, that was a tall order and it wasn't a tall order kind of day. A short article, however – that I could do. It sparked my imagination. What would be my angle? Whatever it was, it had to be right. Write Angle … don't you just love it when the road leads somewhere?

Engineers and architects use angles to create solid foundations, strong walls, perfectly peaked roofs and expansive bridges. Artists use angles to form new shapes that please the eye and fire the imagination. Think of a dancer, body lain flat in space, feet planted firmly on the ground. Writers use angles to keep the story interesting.

We're all angling for something. Mostly we're angling to feel productive and happy and creative. We'll have days when we're bored stiff and others when we're revved up. We'll have ideas that go nowhere and others that we have waited for all our lives. Me? I'm just angling to keep things interesting. Sticking my head in the oven is out. Blogging is in. And that bestseller? That looks good from any angle.

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Rebecca Forster, a USA Today bestseller, began writing on a crazy dare. Upwards of 22 books later, she concentrates on legal thrillers. Currently on the stand are Privileged Witness (Signet, 2006), Silent Witness (Signet, 2005) and Hostile Witness (Signet, 2004). She is married to a Superior Court judge and has two sons.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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