Virtual Writers Group – Three Great Podcasts To Check Out

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As the present crisis worsens we are being encouraged to be socially responsible and avoid other people and stay at home. This is going to give each of us more time on our hands – what do we do with it?

Even if we are taking this opportunity to write more there is only so many words we can put to paper in any one day. So, can I suggest you might like to listen to one (or all) of these three podcasts. Spend some time listening to other writers taking about writing.

Writing Excuses

This podcast is hosted by four writers, plus guests and provides tips for writing techniques. Most episodes are between 15-25 minutes long. The lates episode, Digital Is Different with Cory Doctorow looks at how social media and everything digital applies to writers.

The tagline to this podcast is, ‘Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not smart.’ If you count the syllables in this sentence you will find there are 15 – this is a haiku, or it would be if it was written like this…

Fifteen minutes long,
because you’re in a hurry,
and we’re not smart.

Written out in a sentence would qualify it as an ‘American Sentence’. This form, invented by Allen Ginsberg, is simply a variation of the haiku. The rules of an American Sentence are very simple. The poem is one sentence, 17 syllables long. 

The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

Jeff shares thoughts and ideas that will help you pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art and discover your true voice.

In his latest episode, ‘This Is About More Than Toilet Paper’ Jeff suggests that a crisis can be an opportunity to create something new.

A Way With Words

The podcasts tagline is ‘A fun radio show and podcast about language examined through family, history, and culture’. Each episode usually last about an hour.

Have a listen to, ‘Goody Two-Shoes’ which explores the tongue twister ‘She sell seashells by the seashore’ and explores who the ‘she’ might be.

And Finally…

We can’t leave today’s post without a prompt!

Above we talked about American Sentences invented by Allen Ginsberg as an alternative to haiku. This is a sentence comprising of exactly 17 syllables. Here are a couple of his…

  • “Four skinheads stand in the streetlight rain chatting under an umbrella.”
  • “That grey-haired man in business suit and black turtleneck thinks he’s still young.”
  • “Bearded robots drink from Uranium coffee cups on Saturn’s ring.”

Now it’s your turn. Can you come up with an American Sentence of your own. Or maybe more than one! Share your sentences in the comments section below. Have fun!

I look forward to reading your comments

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