Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Spine Poems

Here's a fun little word game to play with your shelves:

Stan Carey over at Sentence First, expanding on an idea from Nina Katchdourian, is stacking books so that their titles create nice little poems. He calls it a bookmash. It's a neat little way to look at your books in a different light.

Stolen from Stan Carey

A woman speaks
About time, love and summer:
Arrow in the blue;
Land of milk and honey,
Sixpence in her shoe.

I'll most certainly be posting my own bookmashes from time to time, and I encourage you to do the same.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Five Ways to Get Your Editor to Kill You

If there’s one thing writers do well apart from writing, it’s killing themselves. I mean that literally, as in suicide. Although it seems as if writers are more prone than people in other professions to write their own endings to their life stories (and an astonishing number of writers have done just that), at least one source says that doctors have the highest suicide rate.

That may be because some writers just don’t have the gumption to take their own lives. But have no fear, clinically depressed and suicidal wordsmiths, you can get your editor to do the deed for you. Just do the following things and your editor will be more than willing to metaphorically cut your story short.