Shawn L. Bird

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writing- #SiWC16 Keynote by Donald Maass October 26, 2016

Transcribed from my notes at Surrey International Writing Conference last weekend..  While I was sitting in the front row, I wasn’t typing, so he was speaking faster than I could record.  This is what I got.  Others may have something different!

Donald Maass keynote SiWC luncheon. Sunday, October 23, 2016

We live in a very angry age.  Everyone wants you to listen to their complaint and live as they do.

SiWC is our place of positivity. Our tribe.  We want to live here all the time, but it ends.

So as SiWC 2016 comes to an end, how will we survive the year until SiWC 2017?

We will write.

We will schedule writing time, give ourselves daily word count or time goals, put Xs on a calendar, work with a critique group so we have deadlines, read books on writing.

(Check his blog Writer Unboxed for ideas).

 Why do we write?

Orwell says it’s for hubris, aesthetics, a historical impulse, or to lead the way.

Susan Orlean says it’s to learn about the world

American Christian Fiction Writers say it’s to answer your own questions

Jodi Picoult says it’s to puzzle out the questions she doesn’t understand.

Exercise: For a minute free write why YOU write.  (Everyone writes)

Take that ^ exercise and make it visible, remind yourself daily why you do what you do.  Don’t worry about publishing.  Just sit down every day and write what you need to write.

When we write we connect to others.  When we read, others’ experiences become our own and we are no longer alone.

We are passionate about writing- we’re excited about conveying truth

Matter in motion creates energy.  Writing what matters creates energy.

Life disappears in a moment.  There might not be a chance beyond the writing session today.  Write your best truth in the best way possible.  Today.

#ThisDayWeWrite

(Donald at the podium, me directly in front of him with the long white and purple hair)

 

 

Quote- Make Time October 11, 2016

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Writing is done in the time we make, not the time we find.

~Amy Sue Nathan

(Writer’s Workbook, Writer’s Digest. 2016)

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I teach my students that writing isn’t about inspiration, it’s about sitting down and doing.  I often have no idea what I’m going to put on a page until I sit down with the intent to get 500 words today, or whatever.  Then I’ll hear the voice of a character, tune in, and record the conversation.   Identifying even snippets of time to focus on writing makes a difference.  Sometimes those are otherwise lost moments, that become significant because of the writing that happened in those moments.

What do you think?  Do you find time or make time for your writing?

 

short listed! July 28, 2016

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Yay!  A short short story I wrote for a Writers’ Digest contest has been shortlisted to the Top 5.  How exciting!  Now the public can vote on their favourite.  The winner will be published in Writers’ Digest magazine.  I would so appreciate your support!  The stories are here: You don’t have enough points, sir.  I’m Entry B. (Think B for Bird 🙂 ) You just have cut and paste into their comments to vote. Easy peasy.  Please vote for me! Thanks!

 

15K FOLLOWERS! LET’S CELEBRATE with a gift for you! October 29, 2015

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In honour of the 15,000th follower on my blog,

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and it’s yours with my compliments.

FIFTEEN THOUSAND FOLLOWERS!

Yay!!!  😀

I didn’t imagine that when I started this blog 5 years ago!

Thanks Cat, for turning over all the zeroes!

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Micropoem-How to become a writer May 22, 2015

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Read

Write

Repeat

 

poem-critique May 17, 2015

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I love the simplicity

of this collection,

but it’s

bordering on saccharine

almost

syrup on my waffles,

but not

quite.

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(I had an official poetry critique by a famous writer/poet today.   I have never had my poetry critiqued by anyone ‘in the biz.’  This is the summary of the observations on the 20 or so love poems submitted.  😉  Apparently I should aim to be a *bit* edgier.  I think this is quite wonderful, actually).

 

poem-filled May 16, 2015

I’m filled with words

Your words.

My words.

Our words.

A story concocted in laughter.

A story unraveling fears.

A story exploding conjecture.

A story that brings forth your tears.

I am filled with our words

softly spoken

I am filled with our words

shouted loud

I am filled with our words

barely whispered

I am filled with our words

lacking sounds.

Your words.

My words.

Our

story.

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Enjoying a lovely weekend with amazing authors like Charles De Lint, Kathryn Para, Anne De Grace at the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival.  Collected a lovely certificate and cheque for a writing contest prize, as well. 🙂