LET’S TALK WRITING #7 with CHRISTINE LARSEN

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LET’S TALK WRITING #7

with Christine Larsen, author of “Old McLarsen Had Some Farms”

and 8 other books!

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Christine Larsen, author

Viga asked the questions of ‘Why?’ and ‘What?’ a writer writes.

Recently I’ve asked myself these questions. ‘Why’ varies considerably. In the memoir genre, it’s a record of older times and places for others to share, hopefully arousing happy memories of their own to enjoy or consider sharing too. It’s a challenge for younger generations to reconsider some ‘old-fashioned’ ethics and ideals… and the most valuable of ‘values’.

Flash fiction stories for ‘prompt’ challenges mostly exercise my funny bone, although sometimes a deeper, contemplative train of thought develops. Some particularly lovely times, the 500 worder provides the germ of a longer ‘short’ story. Magical! Such a challenge – and yet, the most marvellous tool teaching more disciplined writing. Staying within a word constraint is incredibly positive for anything else you write.

My writing process was once pencil and paper, typed into my computer. Now I use my Scrivener directly for most story creations. Harder on the eyes, but so satisfying – copying, pasting, striking-through, highlighting, AND making many notes to myself.

And the writing ‘fraternity’? Magnificent. Today, another fascinating and insightful written dialogue with a lady who has given me SO much welcome information about the traumas of mothering a son who has far outlived his diagnosed life span – as I draft a story about disability. She described a kindly editor – ‘She helps me, I help you – it’s all about good karma’. Imagine… I’m in Australia, she’s in France, and this is going to Canada. You have to LOVE technology!

I have a website – not bad, but in the throes of update – CEEDEE MOODLING

content_Bloodthirsty But I’m most proud of achievements on Tablo Publishing – developing stories and book covers, and creating memes from photos – Christine’s Profile Page.

For feedback from other writers in all stages of development, WriteOn by Kindle – home of the 500 word ‘prompt’ challenges – is exceptional – Christine’s Profile Page

©Christine Larsen

A NOTE FROM VIGA BOLAND, editor of VIANVI:

 

Thanks so much for your views on writing Christine. Just took a look at your Tablo page. Wow…talk about prolific. Perhaps you could tell our visitors a bit more about this site as they might be interested in writing there too. Ditto, “WriteOn by Kindle”. Would love some more information from you please. You can leave it in the comments or send it to me and I’ll add it to this post.

As for our visitors, please leave some feedback and/or questions you may have for Christine in the COMMENTS section below this post. Thanks!

 

9 thoughts on “LET’S TALK WRITING #7 with CHRISTINE LARSEN

  1. Barbara Studham

    October 31, 2016

    Hi Christine. I remember how writing prompts helped me focus and learn how to cut out long winded pieces that didn’t belong. We writers need to realize that what is interesting to us might not be so interesting to our readers. Will be checking out your website, thanks for your interesting submission — Barbara

    • Viga Boland

      November 3, 2016

      Thanks for supporting this column Barbara and contributing your thoughts on Christine’s post. You are SO RIGHT when you say “we writers need to realize that what is interesting to us might not be so interesting to our readers”. That seems to be one of the biggest hurdles, especially for new writers who sometimes are more focussed on filling pages that providing a good story!

    • Christine Larsen

      November 4, 2016

      Hallo Barbara and do appreciate your comments.
      It is great to develop that discipline and I’m finding it truly makes my ‘editing’ eye much more critical, plus the added benefit of having less TO edit anyway, as my choice of words/grammar/punctuation all seem more careful these days.
      (Well that’s the ‘great white hope’)

  2. Nancy Gustafson

    November 3, 2016

    Dear Christine. Your piece on writing is thought provoking. Editing what I have written to fit a 500 word guideline is not always easy. An exercises I’ve tried in the past that helps me is to write a poem to go along with the prose piece. Writing the poem forces me to speak the essence of what I want to include in the prose piece. Then I know what to emphasize and what to cut. I like your thought that the short piece will sometimes lead to a longer story. And you are so right about the benefits of technology for writers–and others. Amazing!

    • Viga Boland

      November 3, 2016

      What a wonderful idea Nancy about writing a poem to get the “essence” of what you want to say in prose. Almost acts like an outline, but if it’s well done, can take on a life of its own. Thanks for contributing to this column.

    • Christine Larsen

      November 4, 2016

      Hallo Nancy,
      You are so right about the ‘not always easy’ surgery required of we wordy wordsmiths.
      A poem… what an interesting thought. I’m super at parodies of well-known poetic works, but otherwise a dismal failure at this genre. I can’t even do what I’ve seen called a ‘shitty draft’ to start with. This pernickety old secretary takes over, trying to make every word perfect as possible first time around. (Wish she’d retire!)

    • Christine Larsen

      November 4, 2016

      Hallo Nancy and thank you so much for your comments.
      I tried to reply earlier, but used a word to describe a first draft that tickled my imagination (and funny bone, too). I have to write it like this ‘sh…y draft’, because that first time I replied to you, the ‘security’ of the site decided I was a spammer because I wrote it in full, and ditched my message.
      Then it did the same when I tried to contact Viga and tell her. Ohh… THEN I ‘got it’ – the full disgustingly offensive word was the problem!
      Previously, I said something like – A poem? What a marvellous idea. I’m not poetic enough, being more of a parody-ist(?) on occasions, but write heaps of notes to myself/research links/and then write and tweak and rewrite some more – rinse/repeat/rinse/repeat.
      And I am not convinced which is easier – lengthening or shortening. Each present their own particular problems – but ‘Oh What a Feeling’ when they suddenly come together, and work!

  3. Christine Larsen

    November 4, 2016

    And I didn’t forget you Viga.
    Thank you SO much for this opportunity – so nice to see myself ‘up there in lights’, as it were.
    I am gathering more info. about my other writing platforms, just a little slowed down at present by some other pressing demands. I’ll be back ASAP.

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