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Sue, I'm always fascinated by the very different methods people approach their writing. I think everyone's approach is quite personal.
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Thanks for that, Michelle — I like the sound of the insecure writers' group one. And I've done a workshop with James Scott Bell that was very good.
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Lillian, I also get writing students to do that -- look at the effect the writer has created, because it's all done with words. Rearrange the order, change the length of the sentences, add in more description, pare back the number of words — and look at the various effects.
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Shelagh a friend of mine is devoted to the snowflake method, but it didn't do much for me. I think the main message here is that there is no one way to write.
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Sonya, a friend of mine bought it to read on the plane on the way to a conference. She gave it to me, and I spent half the conference reading it. Might be time for a reread for me as well.
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Thanks, Kareni — yes, some of the books mentioned are just plain good reads, whether you're interested in writing or not. I'm not a fan of horror, so have never read Stephen King's novels, but his memoir On Writing is wonderful.
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Oana-Maria, I have never had any editor tell me what or how to write, and I don't believe that there are absolute rules for writing — if it works, it works — but there are conventions, and any new writer is well advised to understand why they exist and how they work. Then, discarding them or adopting them is a matter of choice on the part of the writer. I think some books of writing advice can help a writer to communicate better and more effectively. I know Jack Bickham's work and he's one of the good ones.
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Anne here, bringing you Ask-A-Wench for this month, in which we're talking craft-of-writing books. There are probably as many different ways to approach writing as there are writers, and in our discussion of the topic, we found the wenches vary enormously. Mary Jo: Basically, I hate how-to-write books. In the past, I bought a number of pricey books that other writers raved about. Books that help some develop strong plots, brilliant insights, and probably shiny hair. They did nothing for me. My mind blanks. Eventually, I realized that is not how I learn. (I'm not great with expensive, highly rated... Continue reading
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Thanks, Robyn -- lovely to see you here on the wenches. Hope youre writing up a storm!
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2016 on Good Girls Don't Wear Knickers at Word Wenches
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Louisa, I love your tales of your opera-singing days in Europe. Such a wonderful adventure. I hope you write your biography one day.
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Me too, Teresa. Loved her giant panties
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I think thats it, Mary — especially in the eras when they wore layers of petticoats and several skirts for warmth. Makes sense to have no knickers. It was when the dresses got flimsy and the petticoats few that knickers came in.
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If an American Underwear company invented it, that makes sense -- its wanting to seem bigger/more important than they are. My problem lies with the people who approved it.
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LOL Sonya — its not science its power. . . I cant imagine trying to dance ballet in Victorian-era style pantaloons. Or any Victorian-era style of clothing, actually.
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Wow, Kathy, what an heirloom! My grandma used to make rag rugs out of old clothes. A thrifty lot, our forebears.
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Mary, it works the same for me, too — I always end up buying books recommended on these posts, by wenches and wenchly readers.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2016 on Seasonal Reads and Viewings at Word Wenches
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You and half the rest of female-kind, Pat. Its a strange old world.
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Annette, something happens to bikini pants over the years — a very sneaky form of built-in obsolescence, I suspect. Their shape changes, the size shrinks, and they turn into something completely different. University tests have proved this — its not you, its them.*g*
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Except I think its a little old man on some mind-bending substance. *g*
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LOL Lillian — you need to be running these Days. I love Snickers for Knickers. and Take your Dust Mites to Lunch.
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Yes, Connie and the underpants had to be clean and in good condition, so that if you were hit by a bus the hospital people would know you came from A Good Home. LOL. And BTW you dont need to search for the Underpant toast — the link was in the blog — any different colored word is usually a link. Click on it and it will take you to the underpant toast site.
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Lovely story, Shannon and the photo sounds gorgeous. My mothers witches britches lasted well into the 90s — she mostly wore dresses, so got cold in winter. But not when she wore her witches britches. *g*
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Sue, comfort is the main priority for me, too. As for the nonsense about women wearing mens clothing — as if there is a clear delineation of what is menswear and womens. It changes over time, and between cultures. My ancestors all wore skirts — the men wore kilts and the women dresses. In some cultures, both genders wear pants. But some people love to have stuff to fuss over.
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LOL Oana-Maria — that does not surprise me. I think often women dress for themselves much more than for men — we just *think* it is for men.
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Oana-Maria, I was being a little tongue-in cheek with the title of the day. It seems to me to be a silly sort of thing to commemorate when there are so many more worthy causes. I think many countries have lost a lot of their local industry to cheaper, international producers. Its a constant cycle — we see it again and again in history. As for making my own undies — no thanks. Though I know many people during the 1930s depression sewed theirs from cotton flour bags -- they are now preserved for posterity.
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