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INside Scoop January, 2008

The Shy Writer

Straight To The Good Stuff
Dive in
By  Julie A. Pierce

As the saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." It seems to be the story of my life at the moment.  As I adjust one thing to make room for what I consider to be my priorities, something quickly moves into its place before I am able to get to those priorities.

In light of moving targets and quick change, I'll cut to the chase with my editorial introduction to this edition of IN. I believe we've got another valuable, information-packed, entertaining edition to help keep you moving in the direction of your writing goals.

Our cover author George C. Chesbro has seen a lot over the three decades of his published writing career, and we are privileged to learn from his experience. In the excerpt from An Affair Of Sorcerers his skill is on display. For a challenging writing exercise, try copying his surreal style.

From, we present Wanda Dailey and Joan Upton Hall with INside Authors. From their interviews we learn that there may be a trend of early childhood indicators about who becomes a writer.

Getting to brass tacks our columnists tackle five topics close to any writer's heart. Anne Allen helps us understand and create good, solid synopses. We no longer need to dread them. Jennifer Edelson realizes the importance of hard and fast deadlines in Done At Last!

In a different approach to the query letter, Peggy Bechko outlines specifically how not to write one and she has a new book out. Ken Robinson investigates an author's existential quandary in Why Be A Writer? And Helen Dunn Frame demonstrates the value of adding photos to your writing to increase sales.

If your fiction is flat and lacking in the jazz that reflects real life, Joyce Faulkner's Making It Real should be of interest – give your writing shots of intimacy, intrigue, and intensity. If you seem to have lost that loving feeling, Kimberly Dawn Wells suggests taking it on the road to rediscover your inner writer.

J.R. Kambak concludes his series on key plot points, bringing the script to a brilliant resolve. Stan Grimes investigates the inner workings of a poet's mind and discovers a certain nuance of sensitivity and clarity.

As usual, Joan Neubauer is conquering the tough questions of how to create a track record if no one will publish you, and she walks us through the creation of a formal nonfiction book proposal. Hone your imaginative skills with Char Milbrett's Top 10 Resources for the creating illusion.

The FWO-Int'l is once again roll-called on the Writer's Digest Best 101 Site List and, as the flagship publication, IN and all of our volunteers can share in this honour. We have collectively picked up this nomination and can share the pride.

Get your vision of the future down in black and white and share it in the second annual FutureVision Short Story Contest. Anne Allen tells us how. Debra Weaver gives us some important reminders about finding more interesting descriptors and action verbs to fill our stories, while Marjorie Allen introduces us to the creation of picture books for early elementary readers.

Anthony Ackerley has discovered three more titles that you may want to add to your writing resource shelf. His informative book reviews help you choose the right books to read about writing.

Do you remember the first things you learned about writing and the tenuous steps you took toward expressing your inner world? Penelope Jensen finds inspiration among a group of 6th-graders who are doing just that.

And it's time again for the The New Writer magazine's annual Prose and Poetry Prizes competition. You have seven categories to choose from and multiple entries are welcome.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and read – and then write!
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 Julie Pierce
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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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