Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

A Writer's Path

by Allison Maruska

I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

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Haiti’s explosive Rite of Spring: from pagan Russia to vodou ritual

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A report by Lindsey Winship for London’s Guardian

When Jeanguy Saintus first saw Stravinsky’s Rite, he was reminded of his religion’s initiation ceremonies. Now, he has created his own spirited version of the ballet

Since its infamous premiere in 1913, there have been many reimaginings of the Nijinsky/Stravinsky ballet The Rite of Spring, but never before as a vodou initiation ceremony. Forget sticking pins in dolls and other horror-film cliches, vodou – not voodoo, note – is “a religion like any other”, says choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, a practising vodouist and the man who powers contemporary dance in Haiti with his company Ayikodans.

Saintus draws on the rituals of vodou in his first UK commission, for Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre. His Rite of Spring will be performed in a double bill with Opera North, accompanied by their orchestra. Saintus was tentative at first, having never worked…

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POC in Pub Writers and Illustrators of Color Mentorship Program!

Last year, I had applied for . . . and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been selected to participate in the inaugural POC in Pub Writers and Illustators of Color Mentorship Program!

POC Objective is clear and straightforward:

“The People of Color in Publishing Writers and Illustrators Mentorship Program is an opportunity for writers and illustrators of color (protégés) to strengthen their craft, gain first-hand industry knowledge, and expand their connections through experienced professionals (mentors). The mentorship program is intended to be informal, yet instructional. Protégés are expected to work with their mentors on setting goals, so each mentorship experience will be unique.”

The program runs from January 2019 through June 2019.

I will share more information each month. 


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Should You Write Third Person Omniscient?

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

So yesterday, having written about the benefits of omniscient narration, I thought I’d rewrite a scene from third person close narration, using an omniscient narrator. I figured out the narrator’s identity, his perspective on the characters, and how he came to know the details of the story, and I sat down to see how such a perspective would work.

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Life-Saving Trick to Save Yourself If You are Choking With No One Around to Help BY Teresa Sutakanat…

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on The Epoch Times:

Imagine the agonizing pain your body must feel when it’s being deprived of oxygen. It’s no joking matter.

The obstruction of the airway passage, even partial, can result in asphyxia and death, which is why choking is the fourth most common cause of unintentional injury-related death.

So what should you do if you’re choking?

If one is lucky, there is someone nearby who can perform the Heimlich maneuver.

This first-aid procedure requires the rescuer to stand behind the patient and use their hands to thrust pressure on the diaphragm to dislodge the object and expel it.

What if you’re alone?

Find out more HERE

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