Exercises In the Craft

It's World Forge Friday! One of my missions for 2018 is to devote myself to my craft and double down on my commitment to writing as an art form. This means both returning to fundamentals and seeking new lessons.

As some of you already know, I've gotten a lot of value out of the classes I've taken in the Writing the Other series. Community leaders Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford bring together a wonderful diverse community of creators to teach classes about rare viewpoints from an intimate perspective. I've already taken one basic course and one Master Class in the last year, and will continue to take Master Classes as often as I can.

I've also been looking for fresh ways to come back to basics, however, and recently stumbled on a great on-line instructor for beginners: Tim Clare, author, poet, podcaster and writing guru who hosts the Death of 1000 Cuts web series and is a tireless cheerleader for personal growth in authors at every level of personal skill.

I've been working through the podcasts in his Couch to 80K Writer's Bootcamp series, and I've been finding them really fun and energizing. I like his playful approach and the use of Lists as a creative medium. And I really appreciated one of his suggestions to fire up your imagination with on-line friends: use a Hashtag Game with your Twitter peeps! For every "Like" on a certain post, you add to an itemized list: "Brief Descriptions of Your Fellow Passengers on the Airship", "Trade Goods and Services Offered by the Merchants of the Caravan", etc..

I decided to give it a try, and it was fun! My first list inspired me to actually make use of the Twitter Moment feature for the first time, as well.

I call it the Belly of the Beast.

"For every Like this post receives, one fascinating object which was recovered from the belly of a 6-meter, 3000-pound Great White Shark!"


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