Archive | June, 2008

Purposeful Powerful Questions In Poems: Reader Project

A comment from Bo (at Seeded Earth) on the ‘questions’ series last week gave me the idea for a reader participation project. She mentioned that it would be interesting to think about how purposeful questions could work their way into poetry. Now I’m not going to try and tackle that one (still recovering from the [...]

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What I Learned From My Cat About The Writing Life

What I Learned From My Cat About The Writing Life

Animals are great teachers. This is what I learned from my cat about the writing life: Keep irregular hours: if you want to prowl around at night or take outrageous naps in the afternoon go ahead and do it. Who said there were rules? Be totally independent: give when you chose to, ask for what [...]

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Ask Your Readers Questions: Part V Of Purposeful Questions

Questions don’t work in isolation: they work in context. You need to pay as much (if not more) attention to the framework for your question as you do the question itself. Here are 7 things to think about before you add your questions to the bottom of the page: #1 Have you left room for [...]

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Asking Questions For A Change: Part IV of the Questions Series

“A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” (Dune) There are times when we write or ask questions without any expectation of getting an answer. These questions are asked with a different intention in mind: to [...]

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The Purpose That’s Driving Your Question: Asking Questions With A Purpose Part III

“Please don’t interrupt me when I’m asking rhetorical questions” (Mission Impossible III) Not all questions demand an answer. There are lots of different reasons why we ask questions, and getting clear on your reasons - getting clear on the purpose that’s driving your questions - will help you phrase them to get the response that [...]

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