Posts by Lex

Clichés

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

Clichés will be the death of all new writers whether we realize it or not. Did you know that “about face” is a cliché? We use countless phrases that are overused in our work without realizing it every time we write. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, as long as you don’t use too many. The arrangement of the surrounding phrases can complement the cliché nicely too.

Next time you’re reading, pay attention to all the phrases used and how they’re used. Does the placement of the phrase work for the piece or is it just cheesy? Is cheesy the intent of the placement? Would you write in the phrase differently? How?

Here is a fun exercise that will help you learn to use and not use these overused phrases.

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Creative Writing Majors (Part 1)

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Feature, Vlogs | 0 comments

This episode was split into parts because it was so long. In it, I asked two of my good friends, Rory and Kelly, to help me give you some insight into being a Creative Writing Major. They’re both seniors (just graduated a few days ago) and have been to more colleges than just Agnes Scott. So they provide more information than someone (me) two classes below with less experiences could provide.

If you have any specific questions, please comment on the video and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Don’t forget to watch Part 2! I’ll let you know on Twitter once it’s uploaded.

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Stuck on a Scene?

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

Writer’s block? The tumblr blogger Danielle on danielle-writes created a list she’s taken from NaNoWriMo to help. Here are some of the ideas:

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The Pecha Kucha

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Feature, Vlogs | 0 comments

The Pecha Kucha is a fascinating poetic form created by the poet Terrance Hayes. To learn more about him head to his website at http://terrancehayes.com/.

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Poetry is Precise

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

When writing poetry, many feel the need to be vague to appeal to the idea of poems having many different layers of meaning. Try to avoid that mentality. Be intricate, not vague. A poem can have a variety of meanings but not through destroying the clarity of the piece. By doing so you’re actually destroying the many meanings you’re trying to create.

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