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Has anyone else found scissors inspiring?  Never thought I would but as my favourite Professor said, the scissors chose me – I didn’t choose the scissors.  Very Zen.

To encourage you, here are the first & final versions of a poem written after 10 minutes of  Scissor contemplation & manipulation…

1st Version:

Cutting into my life.
Sharp edges that define.
Cruel severance.
Pointed.
Cold steel ‘ shiny, hard, distant.

Cream/grey plastic
warm, smooth, closer.

Why is?
Unnatural – closer?
Cut/pain ‘ endings,
Death/severance ‘ no going back.
No return ‘ finality.

Blades slicing together
teamwork ‘ severance.
Teamwork – blades;

actually touching.
Wiltshire Staysharp,
a warning of actuality;

‘THIS IS WHAT I AM’

engraved,
scoured into the hard steel,
un-erasable,
undeniable.

Circular pivot – the turning point;
the axis of action.

Inspired by these original words – I linked them to my (then, 2002) romantic dilemma: a man I loved 28 years before, contacted me on the net in 2002 – only I’d  sworn never to be fooled by love again!

Shear Love

You sever my reason,

shape my feelings with your

steely blades of perception.

 

You use the twin edges

of measured analysis

and practical application,

 

to rotate on my axis of impatience,

 

defining our new existence

with that swinging efficiency

of open – closed action. 

 

You manipulate me

with metal precision,

held in a warm moulded grip.

 

My paper reality

waiting for words

that define an Us.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2002

Here’s My Challenge: 

Get a group of writing friends together & tell them to bring something odd.  

If no friends willing, do it by yourself…  I still use this exercise to kick-start a writing session & have loads of bits and pieces on my study desk.

Pile the odds & ends in the centre of the table (or desk).  

With eyes closed, mix them up & hover a hand over them.  

Still keeping eyes closed, pick one thing & take 10 minutes to write about it.    

Please share your results in my comments – I’d love to read them.

 

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Excellent lesson from one of the best…

http://www.savethecat.com/podcasts/save-the-cat-podcast-blake-snyder-explains-his-story-beats-part-one

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Being introduced at the Avon Valley Writers Festival, 2012.

Talk about booking well in advance: the West Australian branch of the Society of Women Writers asked me at the beginning of the year, to run a workshop ‘Writing for the Screen’ in October.

I’m told they expect around 60 people to attend the General Meeting and stay for my presentation – so I’m looking forward to the challenge.  🙂

Well used to presenting to an audience either in person, on a stage or on screen, I’m not really worried about showing a short film made from my script then talking about my experience.

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Some of the audience for my Avon Valley Writers Festival workshop having a go at a one pager, 2012.

 

The intention is to also get them to have a go at a one pager, then pick a couple to read out and critique. A similar workshop during the inaugural Avon Valley Writers Festival in 2012 was very successful.

So if you’re around on the 20th October – a Wednesday lunchtime and are interested getting an IDEA – because it’s a HUGE subject, of writing for the screen… why not book your place now by contacting the WA branch of the Society of Women’s Writers.

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #AvonValleyWritersFest   #SocWomensWritersWA  #WritingForScreen  #WritingWorkshop  #Workshops  #Writing  #Screenwriting  #WomenWriters

 

 

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Raffles Hotel, Singapore, 2002

In honor of today’s re-blog from Damyanti in Singapore (a place I love to visit), I thought I’d share a couple of poems written during a workshop on Chinese Poetry at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre run by a fellow poet and old friend Helen Hagemann, in 2001.

 

1.

Spiked fir branches moving.

Dance together as one.  When

intruder breezes

stirring the pot of Heaven

renew Earth’s green mountain skin.

 

2.

Fire clings to plastic

devouring coloured hues.

Melts all pretence down,

slides it away from view

to reveal bones bare of truth.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2001

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #POEMS:Chinese   #HelenHagemann  #PeterCowanWritersCentre  #BLOG:Daily(W)rite

 

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My novel… that is.

So I’d be the perfect candidate for a course to be run by award-winning Natasha Lester with UWA Extention called “Nailing your novel”:  “Designed for those who’ve always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to begin, as well as those who’ve started writing a book, only to put it away because they’re not sure where they’re going.”

Natasha won the TAG Hungerford Award (my dream) for her manuscript and debut novel, ‘What Is Left Over After’.  Her latest; ‘If I should Lose You’ is wowing reviewers and me-thinks also on an award-winning path.

How she finds time to do her very informative Blog for book lovers and writers in between the writing and teaching etc.  I’m envious!

If I had the time, I would do the course because I know I would identify why I’m stalled, get the impetus to keep going with my novel and hopefully, make it worthy…

Meantime  I need to take heed of  Natasha’s Writing Tips.

 

#FrancesMacaulayForde  #NatashaLester  #NailingYourNovel  #BookLovers&Writers  #UWAExtention  #TAGHungerfordAward  #Novelists  #Books  #WritingYourNovel  #Writing  #FinishingYourNovel

 

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Just in case no-one noticed, I’ve added two pages to this Blog:  “I’m Available” for workshops, talks etc and where you can purchase or read my (sometimes for FREE) “Books etc…”.

#FrancesMacaulayFordeBOOKS  #FrancesMacaulayFordeAVAILABLE

Two musical interpretations which also made me smile when I needed to this week, are different versions of the same song by very different artists – both of which I loved.

Royals – Cover By Sarah Stone (Cup Song Version)

Royals – (“Sad Clown With The Golden Voice” Version) – Lorde Cover

#SadClownWithGoldenVoice  #SarahStoneCupVersion #Books  #KINDLEBooks  #Music  #Workshops  #Writers  #Writing  #WritingInWA  #FrancesMacaulayForde

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