WINGSPREAD, February 1, 2015
AN E-zine dedicated to faith and writing in a complex world
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New posting: Here’s an article about our 100-year-old first family house, and adventures therein:
We didn’t find Bellefonte house. Our friend Ed called us up from Pennsylvania and announced, “I bought a house for you.”
“Well, you said you wanted us to look for one for when you came back from Colombia, so we bought one. We’ll send pictures. It’s a two-story in Bellefonte, over a hundred years old.” As he described the house, the part that stuck with me was, “Needs some work.” . . . . Read more here: https://jimhurd.com/2015/01/20/buying-bellefonte-house/
Writer’s Corner: Wondering how to clean up your writing? Read my “How to revise an article” at: https://jimhurd.com/category/writing/
Some prompts to help you begin your own stories:
My most embarrassing moment
Greatest spiritual experience
Most interesting person I ever met
Strangest experience I’ve ever had
Most interesting place I’ve visited
Greatest challenge of my life
The event that changed my life
The greatest lesson I ever learned
Strangest person I ever met
First day of school/work/new house/etc.
Arrival in ****, alone
Best vacation ever
Most remote place I’ve visited
Lost in the big city, overwhelmed
Person who influenced my life the most
My worst enemy
Writer’s Word of the week:
- Part of something is used to refer to the whole thing (pars pro toto), as in, “The suits were all seated around the boardroom table.”
- A thing (a “whole”) is used to refer to part of it (totum pro parte) (“He drinks too much.”)
- A material is used to refer to an object composed of that material (“They wore the silks and satins of royalty.”)
- A container is used to refer to its contents, as in, “The White House was well represented.”
Some Favorite quotes:
♠ Find all the parts your readers will tend to skim over, and cut them. Elmore Leonard
♠ A writer must invent the truth. William Zinsser
♠ If you want to become a better writer, become a better person. Brenda Ueland [Who knew?]
♠ The person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who cannot read them. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
♠ Fundamentalist: an Evangelical with an attitude.
♠ Evangelical: a Fundamentalist on Prozac.
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