Virginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book [Third]

virginia woolf a writer's life quote over photoVirginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book

“Perhaps the quickest way to understand the elements of what a novelist is doing is not to read, but to write; to make your own experiment with the dangers and difficulties with words.

To exercise the imagination is itself a special skill.

To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination if you are going to make use of all that the novelist — the great artist — gives you.”

Weekly Writing Prompt #5

weekly writing prompt #5


Poetry (suggestions)
Free Verse – No Limits
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas if desired – just follow meter
Flash Fiction (1,500 – 1,000 – 500 – 300 words)
Immediate Fiction – Sudden Fiction (500–750 words)
Microfiction (400 words)
Any Genre: Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
***You only have room for one main character, so choose her well.
***You only have room for one scene, so choose it well.
***You only have room for a single plot.
***You only have room for a single, simple theme
***Get to the main conflict of the scene in the first sentence.
***“Show” anything related to the main conflict.
***“Tell” the backstory; don’t “show” it.
***Save the twist until the end.
***Eliminate all but the essential words.

Go against these rules any time.
They’re not really rules. They’re tips.


Virginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book [Second]

virginia woolf a writer's life quote over photoVirginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book

“Few people ask from books what books can give us. Most commonly we come to books with blurred and divided minds, asking of fiction that it shall be true, of poetry that it shall be false, of biography that it shall be flattering, of history that it shall enforce our own prejudices. If we could banish all such preconceptions when we read, that would be an admirable beginning. Do not dictate to your author; try to become him. Be his fellow-worker and accomplice. If you hang back, and reserve and criticize at first, you are preventing yourself from getting the fullest possible value from what you read. But if you open your mind as widely as possible, then signs and hints of almost imperceptible fineness, from the twist and turn of the first sentences, will bring you into the presence of a human being unlike any other. Steep yourself in this, acquaint yourself with this and soon you will find that your author is giving you, or attempting to give you, something far more definite.”

Remembrance: Marcel Proust – Part 12

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


“The thirst for something other than what we have…
to bring something new, even if it is worse,
some emotion, some sorrow;
when our sensibility, which happiness has silenced
like an idle harp,
wants to resonate under some hand,
even a rough one,
and even if it might be broken by it.”

― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

Marcel_Proust_(Père_Lachaise) side by side hotel - grave

“Painting Rainbows”


Time continues to flow its path
A path not linear but in infinite directions
Merging into infinite dimensions

Rainbow colors Light the way
Fractured brightness cascading the Universe
Messages transmitted from plateaus in space

Time is everywhere and nowhere
A moment is an illusion of play
Tripping the mind with expansion

Creation vanquishes the dead to no more
Spirits rising up touching all sides of space
Inside outside ringing bells and things

© jk 2015

#13 painting rainbows (c) jkm 2015

#13 painting rainbows (c) jkm 2015