If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Monday, October 10, 2011

Writing Conference Notes

Here is the great thing I wanted to share with everyone from the writers Conference I took a few weekends ago. 

I took a fiction class with Wyoming Writer Pam Houston. She had some very interesting advice to give and now I will impart this advice and fun upon my readers today and Wednesday.

 Houston gave a couple writing exercises to do. The first is her very own personal way of managing her writing and how she puts things together. Her way is called Glimmers.

Glimmers are short little moments in time taken from real life. You write a few sentences to a paragraph down from something that happened to you giving as much sensory as possible so you capture what has happened.

 The point is to make it condensed as possible (which comes into play later) and to capture something from real life that you can apply to either fiction or nonfiction.

 Here is one of mine for an example.

~ I bent down on 1 knee in the middle of Burger King to ask my boy friend to marry me. My left leg went to sleep and the tingling sensation of hyperventilation followed up my left side straight into the hand with the gold band as I popped the question~

 See very simple and according to Houston, you take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to write them all down. You are not supposed to edit as you go. The point is to catch the moment on paper or word pad- you can edit later when you want to use it in something.

Your assignment- with Houston's permission to use it- is to take 15 minutes and write three of your own glimmers. One from the last 72 hrs, one from 10 years ago, and one from anytime you would like.

 Tell me how it went in the comments as I'm very curious to see all of your reactions to this kind of exercise.

I'll be back on Wednesday to give you more from this conference enjoy!


N. R. Williams said...

I don't have time at the moment, but I will keep 'Glimmers' in mind in the future.
N. R. Williams, Fantasy Author

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm going to try that!

Southpaw said...

Nice exercise idea. I like the idea of just capturing little moments.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Sounds like a great little exercise. I'll have to try it some time.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I'm definitely going to try that! :) I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Old Kitty said...

I'll keep this for the weekend!! It sounds like such fun - but guess I'll be cheating a little as I'll now be on my bestest writerly guard noticing and remembering stuff! Yay! Thanks for this, Summer! Take care

Nas Dean said...

Hey, good exercise! Will hve to try it now.

Crazy Eddie said...

Great post. I like the glimmer idea. I've only got one in me right now:

It was quite chilly this morning on my early morning walk; almost too chilly to be fully present in my enjoyment of nature. But then I spotted a black rabbit nibbling on some leaves at the edge of a vacant lot. I immediately stopped and remained motionless so as not to scare the rabbit. I watched the rabbit for several minutes and not until it had scampered off and I resumed walking did I remember to be cold.

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The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like an interesting assignment . . . I think I'm going to try that!

Alleged Author said...

Your glimmer is great! I really like this idea. Sounds like an awesome way to get the creativity flowing.

Carolyn V said...

Haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a great idea!!! I'm going to try it. Thanks Summer!

Elaine AM Smith said...

This is a great idea, condensing moments down to the essential essence of it. I will definitely give it a go.

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