October 26, 2011

Artful Disguise

Posted in Ideas tagged , , at 5:14 pm by Rebecca Hein

Cellists face a set of unavoidable problems in playing, such as how to disguise the moment when we must change bow direction, thus breaking the sound. In a similar way, a writer can’t create a perfectly smooth narrative because specific points of information must be conveyed to the reader.

In music, if you achieve sufficient momentum, this in turn creates resonance which vibrates throughout bow changes and cover them up. The writer’s equivalent is to launch a story with enough energy in it, early on, that the necessary information emerges naturally. Then the reader is less likely to notice the device used.

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October 19, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Five

Posted in Poetry tagged at 1:47 pm by Rebecca Hein

When words and musical notes disappear, leaving just the beauty of what you’re doing, you want to repeat this experience. Besides being the most efficient way to achieve your best work, it’s transcendent. You’ll be intoxicated after a peak writing session, and this will inspire you to surpass yourself next time.

To get it back, let go. Don’t expect it; don’t look for it. Wait and hope as you continue writing, and you may have another lucky accident.

October 14, 2011

Writing Class, October 29: Perfect Tone

Posted in Writing Classes tagged at 7:56 am by Rebecca Hein

Announcing an all-day writing class to be held on Saturday October 29, 2011

Subject: How to get perfect tone

Tone in writing is like tone in music: it keeps listeners in the concert hall or drives them away. Sign up for this class and learn to attract readers with your wonderful tone. We’ll discuss listening for tone in your writing; how to judge it and how to improve it. No musical background needed.

Format: Telephone Conference Call

Schedule: Noon-2:30 pm (critiques) and 4:00-6:30 pm (discussion) Eastern Time

Instructor: Rebecca Hein, cellist and writer

Cost: $50.00

Deadline for enrollment: Wednesday October 19, 2011. To enroll, pay $50 via PayPal to woodturnedart@vcn.com on or before October 19 or send a check to Hein Family Enterprises, Inc. 10205 W. Hwy. 220, Casper, WY 82604. Postmark October 19.

Enrollment is limited to the first eight people who sign up.

For more details contact Rebecca Hein rhein@vcn.com; 1-888-921-9595 or
(307) 472-3120

October 12, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Four: The Spirit of Your Writing

Posted in Poetry tagged , , at 8:38 am by Rebecca Hein

Musicians are taught to count each measure of music to help them play the rhythm right. Certainly there has to be a way to keep track of the beat and stay with it so listeners can recognize the piece you’re playing, and so you can play in sync with other musicians.

The beat is inherently hypnotic, and you want to use it to mesmerize the audience. Yet in music, as in writing, the literal counting of the beat, or the too-detailed planning-out of your project, isn’t necessarily the best way.

It’s better to feel the beat, or the spirit of your writing project, and to let these things hit you in the midst of pouring out the music or words. This is the energy behind your art, as you wait for those moments of wonder that push you beyond the particulars and into the magic.

October 5, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Three: The Wonder of Freedom

Posted in Poetry tagged , , at 8:32 am by Rebecca Hein

How often have you wished to be free in your writing? So free that your story flows out with no effort, and especially no need to stop and struggle for the right word?

The direct flow of ideas and images is like the subtle shapes and textures of clouds on the distant horizon. Your mind travels past individual objects, sees them differently, and your consciousness is deeper than it was.

This can happen at any time, but if you cultivate a sense of wonder, you’re more likely to easily float past your words and into pure, unimpeded expression.