Friday, May 11, 2012

Tolkien, Rings, Writer’s Tips, and….

Interestingly, all kinds of Tolkien info’ has suddenly come my way.

From GalleyCat’s email Newsletter [and in case you want to sign up and be in the ‘know’ as well go here:

GalleyCat’s email Newsletter said:

Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan plans to work on a new series inspired by Norse mythology, but his fans will have to wait for the series.
According to Courier Press, Riordan will be spending next year working exclusively on book four ofThe Heroes of Olympus series. The third installment, The Mark of Athena, will be released in October. Here’s more from the article:
Writing about Norse mythology “represents a return to my roots as a reader,” he added, noting that his eighth-grade teacher got him interested in mythology by pointing out that the “Lord of the Rings” books — Riordan’s favorites at the time — were based on Norse mythology.”

Huh, who knew, right?        Wait, don’t tell me, you knew.   Yeah, I am so NOT playing Tolkien Games with you.     [ And I’m Not playing Trivial Pursuit Lord of the Rings Edition again.   Since we’ve not seen the movies recently, and don’t even own the ‘special extra edition’ dvds so haven’t seen those.  Yeah, I didn’t know it was the prerequisite for any kind of real chance.  But now I do.   Phttttttt…….]

And who knew there are Tolkien writing tips?

Well, if you did and didn’t tell me……….!!!!

If you didn’t either then Thanks should go to @JonathanGunson for his tweet

Jonathan Gunson (@JonathanGunson)
'Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers' Outstanding post by @RogerDColby #AmWriting #Writer

#5 of the tips was especially interesting.  Since I know I often do this.  And from talking with Adriana Trigiani about her writing, know that she often uses writing poetry that she said she doesn’t share, to get her in the writing flow and get her writing going as well.

5.  Poetry As A Road to Prose – When Tolkien couldn’t express his thoughts in prose he “wrote much of it in verse.”  He writes “The first version of the song of Strider concerning Luthien,… originally appeared in the Leeds University magazine, but the whole tale, as sketched by Aragorn, was written in a poem of great length” (346).  If you cannot write the prose in a convincing manner, try composing your thoughts in the form of verse.  It will cause your brain to think deeply about the phrasing, the structure and the literary devices needed to excel in writing prose.  Possibly this is why much of Tolkien’s writing reads in the form of a cadence.  I have personally practiced this technique and it makes a profound difference in the quality of my prose once it finally makes it to the page.

If you are curious about all of Tolkien Tips for Writers check out this blog- Writing is Hard Work -

Isn’t that the truth.

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