Top Ten Writing Rules from Famous Writers

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Top Ten Writing Rules

from Famous Writers

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Sunday 19th October 2014

 Top Ten Writing Rules from Famous Writers

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Rule # 10

Write a draft.
Then let it rest.

- Stephen King

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Rule # 9

Read a lot.

- Stephen King

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Rule # 8

Never use a long word
when a short one will do.

- George Orwell

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Rule # 7

Never use the passive
when you can use the active instead.

- George Orwell

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Rule # 6

Know your audience.

- Pierre Berton

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Rule # 5

& read the good stuff
before you write.

- Pierre Berton

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Rule # 4

Honour the miraculousness
of the ordinary.

- Andrew Morton

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Rule # 3

Good draft = draft – 10%

- Stephen King

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Rule # 2

Look at every word in a sentence
& decide if they are really needed.
If not – kill them.
Be ruthless.

– Bob Cooper

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Rule # 1

Writing doesn’t love you.
It doesn’t care.
Nevertheless it can behave
with remarkable generosity.
Speak well of it. Encourage others.
Pass it on.

- Al Kennedy

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underwood old fashion typewriter

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“Roll the Dice” by Charles Bukowski [Short Film]

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Roll the Dice

Poem by Charles Bukowski

A Short Film

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Saturday 18th October 2014

Extremely important & wise words spoken in video. Charles Bukowski words awaken the senses. A Call to Self. Do It. Do It. All the Way.

The poetic words being spoken with the background of the video carry the viewer along down the road with Mr. Bukowski as spoken by Tom O’Bedlam.

Let yourself be absorbed by the flow. <3 jkm

All the Way | A Charles Bukowski Poem | By Willem Martinot

Roll the Dice
by Charles Bukowski

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.


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“How To Do Visual Comedy” Edgar Wright Knows

Glasgow Film Theatre
How To Do Visual Comedy
Edgar Wright Knows

A Short Film

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Friday 17th October 2014
Comedies in the states are mostly skits with people talking. The originality is too lazy with few exceptions.

Watch this Short Film & see which direction your comedy sense of humor goes.

I have always preferred British Humor over most American humor. It’s funnier. I laugh harder. Edgar Wright is one of the comedy geniuses of the UK.

Now, American film makers need to stop being lazy & show some of their creative genius.

Melissa McCarthy is a great example of someone who throws herself into the physical as well as the verbal comedic approach. She makes me ROTFLMAO. Few can do that today in the States.

The audience is being made to dumb down their expectations. Look at SNL. With the few exceptions most of SNL humor sucks. The women tend to be funnier & it is usually only a few women who are given the material to carry it off.

This film will show you what you have been missing if you haven’t followed the form of comedy in this short film. If you have, then you are one of the lucky & fortunate ones.

The word needs to be spread. The more laughs in the world the lesser the tension is & the more it is likely to shrink. <3 jkm

Edgar Wright – How To Do Visual Comedy

From Tony Zhou

If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright, one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects and music. This is an analysis and an appreciation of a director so awesome that Marvel had to fire him on a holiday.

For educational purposes only. And as always, feel free to comment, like, or tell me it’s not a 747.

For further reading/viewing, I highly recommend:
David Bordwell’s essay on funny framings:
David Chen’s video essay on Wright’s use of close-ups:
And Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal:

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The Psychology of your self

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The Psychology of your self

TED Talk: Dan Gilbert

Post Created by Jennifer Kiley

Post Thursday 16th October 2014


Dan Gilbert - The Psychology of your self TED Talk

Published on Jun 3, 2014

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time. Hint: that’s not the case.

“The one constant in our life is Change.”

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“Water” – A Short Film

lightness of being day wednesday negative

 A Short Film

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Wednesday 15th October 2014


I <3 Short Films. i <3 water. i <3 waterfalls. i <3 rivers lakes streams. i <3 the oceans. i <3 waves crashing or tumbling onto the shore smoothing the sand.

“water” is a unique short film. approaching “water” inside its own world.

water is free. feel its freedom. its mysterious magical essence. water is a miracle. water washing over you. cleansing your body & soul. ridding your body of poisonous toxins. renewing you to a pristine state.

here, i give to you, “water”

Water - Morgan Maassen

An intriguing and not often seen view point with Water.

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I <3 Short FILMS

Private Writings: Chapter #83 “THE FEAST” aka “La fête”

private writings a novel of true fantasy by jennifer kiley [shawn's 2d blue name]

“The Feast”
Private Writings #83
Written by Jennifer Kiley
Post Tuesday 14th October 2014

Not Suitable For Children.
Anyone Resembling Anyone Living or Dead
Is Purely Coincidental.

1 alice-down-the-rabbithole [use best one]

Crypticistic Synopsis:

private writings to dr. annie haskell psychoanalyst

I am the storyteller using imagination fantasy feelings & thoughts

to discover self soul eternal serenity & bliss

but to most importantly tell the best tale ever after upon a time.

see you down the rabbit hole.

Private Writings: Chapter #83 “THE FEAST”

Letters #83 “THE FEAST” 8th April 2009

Dear Maria,

Angela, [Angie], started to describe to all the ghosts and myself, not a ghost, what she remembered of the evening she was murdered. What the motives were. What the murder weapon was. A bite too much of something good. She heard her husband Clifford Huntington, of the New Port Huntington’s, who knows for sure. He was talking to a woman in full flirt with him. He wasn’t resisting. He told her he would be free soon to marry her. Poison was the name of the game, to go into her piece of game.

It was a terrible Movable Feast. There is much to say but I don’t want to wander. Angela belonged to the underground group publicly called WUFFDE [World Union Foundation for Doctors Everywhere]. A front. There funds helped the sick & weak unwanted in countries overseas. Barely noticeable to the World. Not really to WUFFDE either. It was a cover. They really didn’t give a shit. [tha truth stated in a song: “…"...some people were born not to help people..."]

They held a Private Party each year. The buy in was $500,000. “The Movable Feast” was the fond name they used to call it because each year “The Feast” moved to another unknown location, not even to members. Fear of being discovered. Reason, they eat endangered species of animals through their feasting.

But back to the murder. Angela thought her friends were real. Not so. They were sycophants sucking up to the succubus Clifford Huntington. He was actually having an assassin kill his wife so his hands would remain pure. Reason for the sacrifice: to earn points and lots of money and Power.

Where was the poison actually hidden, her husband, Clifford told his tramp girlfriend, it was in the main course. The server would have a special exotic rare flower on Angela’s plate. No flavor existing to detect its presence. Angela ate everything that was served her through the multi-coursed menu. From exotic animals, the Turtles from the Galapagos, turned into a form of soap, Okapi & Bonobo, both endangered of being non-existent. Did these heartless group give a shit. Of course not. Not one of them. They drank their Cristal, 1988

This Year’s Menu Galore: the Theme from the film “Babette’s Feast” blended with the theme of the jungle and barbarians.


Theme is In the Night of the Jungle

Choice of Film Feast

Babette’s Feast

An Exotic Meal

Three Choices of Meat: Okapi (Giraffe Family but Smaller)
A Bongo & Saiga (Last Are Variety of Antelope)

Turtle soup

Puffer fish (Fugu) – sushi-mi

Crystal 1988 & 2006

Caviar – Beluga

Makers Mark; Glen Fiddich ; Aquavit ; Welsh whiskey

Grey goose ; Cognac ; Absinthe


Babette’s Feast

The menu responsible for their pleasure features

“Blini Demidoff au Caviar”
(buckwheat cakes with caviar and sour cream);

“Potage la Tortue” (turtle soup); “

Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine”
(quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce);
[replaced with the choice of Okapi or Bonobo & prepared accordingly]

“La Salad”
featuring Belgian endive
and walnuts in a vinaigrette;
[altered to taste]

Les Fromages” featuring
Blue Cheese,
and pineapple.

The grand finale dessert is

“Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glace”
(rum sponge cake with figs and glazed fruits).

Numerous rare wines,
including Clos de Vougeot,

various champagnes [Cristal] and spirits,
complete the menu.

Babette’s purchase of the finest china, flatware, crystal and linens with which to set the table ensures that the luxurious food and drink is served in a style worthy of Babette, who is none other than the famous former Chef of “Café Anglais”. Babette’s previous occupation has been unknown to the sisters until she confides in them after the meal.

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Not to mention the decadence and carelessness of such a menu but it disguised not only the murder of the wild creatures sacrificed but Angela was one of the rare who met her demise. And now we knew part of the picture. Huntington was a mastermind sociopath. What else was he capable of doing if her could cold bloodedly murder his wife without doing a thing except hire the assassins. There had been other attempts on Angela’s life but they never were pulled off successfully. But one murder is enough. But there were more and will be more if Huntington is not stopped.

Sylvia told me she figured out he killed her father Sidney Vincent, the film director. His people did. Her father was going to expose them in a film he was in the process of making during his off time from playing doctor. A bit bipolar was her father. It is what gave him his energy and his madness. Catherine couldn’t deal with his behavior. She turned to CH, Clifford. Yes, she had Sidney infected with the AIDS virus in a strong strain. He was dead in due course.

Sylvia had to be shut up because she found these things out after she died. Her father told her when they met up as ghosts. Those who were murdered were all coming forward. Their deaths were either deemed suicide or accidental deaths.

Madison felt she had to communicate this to the police as quickly as possible before so someone charted for death could be prevented.

What do you make of this Maria? A secret organization which arranges high profile deaths & they cover them up so deeply no one who speaks against the cause of death is believed. They are judged to be the crazy ones imagining the bizarre & weird. Everyone laughs and moves on continually.

Well, I plan on making a run at this one. Even though being in Redcliff might prejudice my case. I will have to have Scottie’s help. First by getting me out of Redcliff. It must be done. It is the only way the ghosts I have met will be set free. Released to go home or reincarnate. They may have had enough of life but maybe not.

That is enough for now. This one’s a whooper.

Ps. I am not crazy nor am I making this whole thing up. Ghosts told me the whole story. As much as they have been able to sort out on their own.

© Madison Taylor 2008

“I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.“ — Alice Walker

Schubert – “Serenade 

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“A Dream
The beginning always starts out
With a dream.
It is all a dream
In our own nightmares”
— Madison Taylor

Le Chateau de Rocher - Home to Madison & Scottie   Their Cats & daughter Alison. She has her own place on the estate

Le Chateau de Rocher – Home to Madison & Scottie
Their Cats & daughter Alison. She also has her own place on the estate

play is not just play meryl streep“Pretending is not just play.
Pretending is imagined possibility”
— Meryl Streep