The series begins May 18.
We have various short topics to discuss. Compiling them into our Summer Series seems a smart idea. (Of course, what looks good on paper sometimes doesn’t translate to reality!)
Fiction / Poetry / Nonfiction / Interviews with Writers
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May 18 Research / 3:21 / Episode 110
Research: a Ho-Hum topic? Not quite.
Research is necessary in all realms of writing.
Whether discovering the details that given veritas to our fiction, the details that we shouldn’t get wrong in commemorative poems, or just adding specific and elaborating details to our nonfiction, HUMDRUM RESEARCH is totally necessary.
The challenge comes in determining how many research details to use.
- 1:11 Check-In
- 2:50 Opening
- 3:27 Challenges
- 3:49 Fiction and Research
- 4:31 Light Hand
- 5:17 Active Use of Research
- 5:52 Amount of Research to use
- 7:26 Poetry and Research
- 9:11 3 Chief Elements when presenting Occasional Poems
- 9:16 4 Requirements of Song
- 10:06 Public Ceremonies
- 10:35 Writing for Independence Day
- 12:50 Checklist for any poem / 10 To-Do’s
- 13:46 Walt Whitman
- 17:45 R. Waldo Emerson
- 20:40 Nonfiction and Research
- 21:40 Next Week
- 21:54 Inspiration / Ezra Pound
May 25 Short Narratives, part 1
Having trouble with short narratives? Short stories? Narrative poems? Anecdotes in your blogs and essays/articles?
I had trouble. Free admission. I would launch into a story that I hoped would be 8,000 to 10,000 words only for the word count to top 20,000 or more. I was rather proud of myself when a planned short story ran less than 15,000 words.
My narrative poems ran longer than 5 or 6 stanzas. Think “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” length. For the blog I wrote, my example stories ran more than 15 to 20 sentences.
Too long. What’s that acronym? TL;DR. “Didn’t read.” Oops.
What was I doing wrong? Surely there’s a secret to short narratives? Guess what? There is! In this episode, I’ll share what I found.
- 1:45 Opening
- 3:28 Paul Simon’s “America”
- 4:17 Avoiding the School-Taught Plot Pyramid
- 5:15 Erle Stanley Gardner
- 6:28 Lester Dent
- 7:10 LDent’s Plot Formula
- 8:32 The Basics
- 12:00 Closing / Next Week
- 13:00 Inspiration / Raymond Carver
June 1 Short Narratives, part 2
Success with short narratives? That’s our current goal. We’ve found Lester Dent’s Plot Formula.
We’re creatives, so we can adapt the formula to fit our genre needs. We know the four parts of the 4 movements. We’re writing fiction / poetry / non-fiction. What’s next?
The details, man. It’s all in the details … of the narrative.
- 1:05 Opening
- 1:52 Check-in
- 2:55 Lester Dent’s Plot Formula
- 7:21 Coincidence is a No-No
- 8:04 Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls” with the Formula
- 15:08 Riddling: a Tricky method to end any story
- 15:53 Closing / Next Week
- 16:28 Inspiration / Joyce Cary
Lester Dent’s Plot Formula / printable pdf / https://mgherron.com/2015/01/lester-dents-pulp-paper-master-fiction-plot-formula/
Paul Simon’s “America” https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/paulsimon/america.html
Video of above America – Lyrics – Simon & Garfunkel – YouTube
Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls” https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/garthbrooks/thethunderrolls.html
Video of above “The Thunder Rolls”