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Writing 101 : La vie après Writing 101

30 jours

30 jours d’aventures à travers de nouveaux territoires littéraires,
30 jours de découverte de nouveaux blogueurs
30 jours de conversation légère ou passionnée
30 jours de grandes solidarité entre les blogueurs

Seeds of new writing

Ce cours a planté de nombreuses graines au sein de mon blog et j’espère qu’elles pousseront et deviendront de magnifiques articles et des histoires fortes.

Je suis reconnaissante pour l’exercice « Un jour » qui m’a poussée à écrire « Un jour de plus », une des histoires que je préfère dans toutes celles que j’ai écrites.

Et une des plus puissantes aussi. Merci à Writing 101 de m’avoir poussée hors de ma zone de confort (alerte geek) pour explorer de nouveaux mots étranges, à la recherche de nouvelles formes d’écriture et de narration, pour aller là où personne n’est jamais allé (fin de l’alerte geek).

 

Amis

Tant de commentaires, de discussions, de franche rigolade et de réflexion. Merci. Merci à vous tous

RosemaCatherineThistles and WhistlesEdwinaJaquelineKoolitzable.

et Anand, bien sûr ;). C’est le bloggueur le plus  supportive blogger I have ever met.

Et tous les autres.

C’est une session très intéressante et j’espère  tous vous revoir.
Certains sont inscrits à Writing 201: Poetry  ?

Le futur proche

Tous les jours : le Daily Post
Octobre : Writing 201 : Poetry
Novembre : NaNoWriMo
Decembre : Corriger mon roman

Writing 101 : Life after writing 101

30 days

30 days of venturing into new writing territories,
30 days of discovering bloggers and discussing with them,
30 days of chatting passionately or lightly
30 days of great solidarity between bloggers

Seeds of new writing

This course has planted many seeds in my blog and my writing and I hope they’ll grow and become beautiful and strong posts and stories. I’ll be forever thankful for the One day assignment that pushed me to write One more day, one of my favorite stories of mine.

And I think one of the most powerful. So thank you Writing 101 for pushing me outside my comfort zone (geek alert) to explore strange new words, to seek out new writing forms and new narration, to boldly go where no one has gone before (end of geek alert).

Buddies

So many comments and chats, and laughs and toughts and so much support. Thank you all.

RosemaCatherineThistles and WhistlesEdwinaJaquelineKoolitzable.

and Anand, as usual ;). He’s the most supportive blogger I have ever met.

And all the others.

That was a very fun course and I hope we’ll meet again.
Writing 201: Poetry anyone ?

The near future

Everyday : The Daily Post
October : Writing 201 : Poetry
November : NaNoWriMo
December : Revising my Novel

[ Writing 101] Notre corps, carte de nos émotions

Dans un article recent, le site internet du Figaro a mentionné un article paru dans proceedings of he National Academy of Science intitulé une carte corporelles de nos émotions.

Il démontrer comment les émotions influencent la température et l’activité de certaines zones de notre corps.

Le papier explique également que ces réactions ont été testées sur des groupes d’origines et de cultures différentes et que les résultats ont été homogènes dans tous les groupes. Ils semblent donc universaux.

Le papier confirme que les émotions positives engendrent de la chaleur dans l’ensemble du corps et accélèrent le métabolisme alors que les émotions négatives concentrent la chaleur dans des périmètres plus restreints et ralentissent l’activité du métabolisme.

Quelle mine d’or pour nous écrivains !

La science nous fournit une carte physique des émotions et décrit même les symptômes qui les accompagnent.

Cela rend nos recherches plus faciles et en même temps plus vastes.
Plus faciles car nous avons maintenant un manuel pour décrire les émotions d’un point de vue interne.

Plus vastes car cela ouvre de nombreuses possibilités sur le plan narratif. Et si cette découverte était utilisée pour espionner les gens ? Et si la carte des émotions était truquée pour couvrir un mensonge ?

 

Voici le lien vers l’article du Figaro: http://sante.lefigaro.fr/actualite/2014/01/06/21819-premiere-carte-corporelle-emotions

Voici le lien vers l’article scientifique paru dans PNAS n°111.

[ Writing 101] Our body : The Map of Our Emotions

In a recent article French newspaper Le Figaro mentioned a scientific paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science entitled Bodily maps of our emotions.

It shows  how emotions influence the temperature and the activity of various zones in our body.

The paper also explains that these reactions have been tested with groups of different culture and background, and that the results were consistent in all groups.

These results seem to be universal.

It confirmed that positive emotions spread warmth in our body and activates the metabolism while negative emotions seems to detain warmth in smaller perimeters and slow the activity of the metabolism.

What a goldmine for us writers !

Science is providing us with a physical map of our emotions and describing the symptoms both positive and negative.

 

That makes our researches both easier and wider.
Easier because we literally have a manual of how to describe emotions from an internal point of view. Wider because it opens so many possibilities on a narrative level. What if this discovery was used to spy on people ? What if it was hacked to enforce a lie ?

 

Here the link to the article published in Le Figaro: http://sante.lefigaro.fr/actualite/2014/01/06/21819-premiere-carte-corporelle-emotions

Here the link to the scientific paper in PNAS

Top 4 : Exercices de développement de personnages

 

Nous connaissons tous les fiches de personnages, on peut en trouver de nombreuses versions sur Internet. Courtes ou longues, elles vous garantissent de développer des personnages avec de multiples facettes, dans me moindre détail.

Si c’est une bonne méthode pour commencer de développer une histoire, je pense que, souvent, ce n’est pas suffisant pour créer une véritable connection avec mes personnages principaux et leur offrir l’histoire intéressante qu’ils méritent.

Je vous propose aujourd’hui 4 exercices qui m’aident beaucoup à trouver la voix de chacun de mes personnages et à entrer dans leur tête.


dreamcatcherLe rêve
 :  J’essaie de savoir à quoi ils rêvent, ce qu’ils veulent plus que tout, ce qui leur donnera l’énergie de se lever et de se battre. Ce rêve est la clé de l’histoire, ce qui leur donnera la motivation pour agir et se mettre en danger. Cela doit être quelque chose d’assez puissant et d’universel pour intriguer les lecteurs et les motiver à lire l’histoire jusqu’à la fin. Cherchez l’émotion la plus intense et la plus sincère qui soit.

 

9355090806_80b6faabc7_cL’interview, le journal :  Je me mets dans la peau d’un journalistes et je pose des questions à mes personnages. J’écris leurs réponses dans un fichier word. Des surprises et des revirements intéressants apparaissent lorsque je suis assez détendue pour écouter la voix de mes personnages. De cette manière, ils me donnent beaucoup d’éléments.

 


doll-499003_1280Writing a letter :
They spoke to me, now It’s time I spoke to them, hence the letter. I tell them everything I intend to give them in the story. Think of it like a job application letter in which you tell your future boss what’ll you’ll do for him. Thinking of your main characters as real persons with a potential  interest to appear in your story will help you treat them better, offer them nice entrances in the text, nice exit if need might be, beautiful scenes. Be eloquent enough to get the job.

 


free writingFree writing : Once I have done all the 3 previous steps, I start writing scenes with my character and others from the same story. It helps me define their dynamic and narrow down their speech pattern : long or short sentences…imperative ? descriptive ? How do they move, how do they talk.

This is  my learning curve, the warm up before jumping in the manuscript. I have written many of these little snippets of texts over the last two months in order to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

 

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This post is an answer to today’s assignment in Writing 101 course : Mine your own material. I was inspired by my post Dear villain in my novel

Top 4 : My favorite Character design exercises

 

We all know character sheets, you can find many of them on the internet. Short or long, they guarantee you to build full fletched multi layered characters by developing all the details of their lives.
While it is a good start when developing a new story,  I think it’s often not enough to connect with all my main characters and offer them the interesting story they deserve.

Here are 4 exercises I do during the character design phase that help me connect with my characters and find their voices.

 


dreamcatcherThe dream :
I try to find out what they want, what they dream about, what will give them the energy to rise and fight for what they want or believe. That dream is the key the story, what will give them motivation to act and put themselves in danger. It has to be something powerful and universal enough to intrigue and engage the reader.

 

9355090806_80b6faabc7_cVoice Diary/ The interview : I ask questions to my characters and write down their answers in a word file.Surprises and interesting twists happen. When I’m relaxed enough I just “listen” to the character’s voice. This way, you character will tell you a lot of things.

 


doll-499003_1280Writing a letter :
They spoke to me, now It’s time I spoke to them, hence the letter. I tell them everything I intend to give them in the story. Think of it like a job application letter in which you tell your future boss what’ll you’ll do for him. Thinking of your main characters as real persons with a potential  interest to appear in your story will help you treat them better, offer them nice entrances in the text, nice exit if need might be, beautiful scenes. Be eloquent enough to get the job.

 


free writingFree writing : Once I have done all the 3 previous steps, I start writing scenes with my character and others from the same story. It helps me define their dynamic and narrow down their speech pattern : long or short sentences…imperative ? descriptive ?How do they move, how do they talk.

This is  my learning curve, the warm up before jumping in the manuscript. I have written many of these little snippets of texts over the last two months in order to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

 

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This post is an answer to today’s assignment in Writing 101 course : Mine your own material. I was inspired by my post Dear villain in my novel

[Writing 101] Nanowrimo main social events

This article is an answer to writing 101 assignment of the day. I posted a survey a few days ago to know what te readers would like to read and over all, two topics stood out : writing tips and articles about NaNoWriMo. This a presentation of Nano’s main events.

 

I have already talked about NaNoWriMo in a recent post. If you’re not really decided yet, I hope this article will help you make a leap of faith.

Nanowrimo’s big advantage is to mix writing challenge and social events, thus enabling participants to share their experience and find support within the wrimos community.

Beginning of october : Reboot of the NaNoWriMo site.

 

Meet&Greet : Event during which wrimos meet for the first time. A little thrill running down your spine is normal. People introduce themselves, talk about their project, or not, play games, challenges between hot beverages and cookies. Wrimos usually get out the party excited, with a list of people to friend on Facebook, to follow on Twitter and new ideas for their writing project. Those who have always felt a bit out of mainstream in their lives broadly smile because they have finally met people who understand them.

 

The Kick-Off party : It usually takes place on october 31st. Nanowrimo’s participants meet to party and start writing at midnight plus on second. minutes of silence that precede the first word sprint are astonishing. And so is the wrimos’ enthusiasm.

 

Write ins : Gatherings during which people meet and write. They are organized in libraries, bookstores, cafés or at a wrimo’s apartment. Participants come in with their laptop.iPad/Surface/ etc. and write. During write-ins, sprints can be organized : 15 minutes during which people try to write as much as possible

 

ML appreciation day : Our MLs work hard all year long to organize NaNo events, find local partners, places where wrimos can write and engage the community. ML appreciation day is the perfect occasion to show them you support, gratitude and -why not- offer them cookies or anything else known to please them.

 

The Night of Writing Dangerously : For San Francisco residents, it is a big party organized in a Ballroom. It is also used as a fundraiser.
Anywhere else, it’s an entire night of writing, usually organized between 3rd and 4th week to help you catch on your wordcount tardiness. Your ML will let you know the details.
TGIO : Or the Thank God It’s Over party. It usually happens a few days after NaNoWriMo has ended, when we are all happy to be free from our keyboard and looking forward to a normal family life.

 

 
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[Writing 101] Un jour de plus

Ce matin, je me suis levée et je me suis habillée. Mon pantalon semblait être en carton.

A dix heures, maman est venue me rendre visite. Elle avait amenée des patates douces.

Midi est arrivé accompagné d’une odeur de noix de muscade qui s’échappait de la cuisine. J’ai ouvert la fenêtre.

Maman a toujours été une excellente hôtesse. « Bonjour, oui, bien sûr… », « C’est tellement attentionné de votre part », « Oui, ça ira mieux pour elle ». Des voix emplissent la grande pièce mais je les évite.

L’après-midi dure un siècle.

J’accueille le début de soirée avec un plaid et une tasse de thé. Je suis soulagée. Le vent souffle dans les feuilles rouges et jaunes et les emportent dans le jardin derrière la maison. Bientôt, il sera temps.

Juste après le coucher du soleil, maman m’embrasse sur le sommet du crâne puis sort en fermant doucement la porte d’entrée.

Une brise froide traverse ma chambre.

 » C’était une belle réunion ? demande-t-il.

– Très émouvante. Ils t’aimaient tous beaucoup.

– Ta mère a fait un beau boulot.

– Je suis contente que nous puissions enfin être à nouveau ensemble, j’avoue. »

Juste avant minuit, je m’enroule dans une couverture chaude. le fantôme de mon mari referme ses bras autour de mes épaules et chante notre chanson.

 

This post is an answer to writing 101 day 14 assignment : Recreate another day.

[Writing 101] One more Day

This morning I woke up and got dressed. Pants felt like cardboard.

At ten, mom made a social call. She had brought sweet potatoes.

Noon came with a smell of nutmeg from the kitchen.
I opened the window.

Mother has always been a great hostess. “Hello, yes of course”, “It’s so thoughtful of you”, “Yes she’s gonna be ok”. Voices fill the living room but I avoid them.
The afternoon feels like a century.

I welcome the evening with a plaid and a cup of tea and a relieved smile. The wind blows on the red and yellow leaves and carries them in the backyard. Soon, the time will come.

Just after the sunset, mother kisses me on top of my head and gently closes the front door.

A cold breeze crosses my room.

“Was it a beautiful gathering ?” he asked.

“Very emotional, they all loved you very much”

“Your mother did a great job.”

“I’m glad we can finally be together again” I confessed.

Just before midnight, I wrap myself in a warm blanket. The ghost of my late husband closes his arms around my shoulders and sings our song.

This post is an answer to writing 101 day 14 assignment : Recreate another day.

[Writing 101] You may never believe this

You may never believe this but I have lived a thousand lives, most of them pretty exciting. Now they all feel like they existed in another dimension, hidden behind a blur in my memory.

You may never believe this but I have met Tom Cruise a long time ago. It lasted only 2 minutes. He looked very shy and charismatic. Screen really does not do him justice.

You may never believe this but having the opportunity to write everyday, being recognized at a legitimate writer (even if I used to be paid to write things I did not care about) while connecting with my audience is one of the best things that happened in my life.

You may never believe this but I would never trade the life I have today for the lives I had before. Now is when I know myself best. Now is when I am myself.