Trying on pencils

Trying on pencils

A Story by Cherrie Palmer

I've been thinking again. :)
I know, I'm sorry.

When you want to write in a new direction think of writing like playing dress up.

Trying on mommas heels or daddy's hat.

We know enough about life to blend what we know with what we want to include in our repertoire.

I listened to R. L. Stein talk about writing. He said it's not hard just be a storyteller. Write like you would share it- and-
that unique voice that only you have you, will define your own personal style, not to mention your own unique twist to age old tales.

© 2019 Cherrie Palmer


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Love your title & your thought-provoking msg doesn't disappoint (you need never apologize . . . just now I apologized for making my point by telling an anecdote . . . I said "sorry I'm a storyteller" . . . that's as silly as you saying "sorry I was thinking"! *wink! wink!*) I love that you encourage writers to try on different ideas & styles & POV's. That's the best part of being part of this cafe community, watching writers push outside their usual style or watching others develop a style (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

9 Months Ago

Again I agree with you so many of us have been here awhile, and I enjoy watching just as much as wri.. read more
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Rye
I enjoyed this i found it cute

Posted 10 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

Thank you Rye.
Interesting statement > 'Write like you would share it
I try to write as though speaking to you And describe things as if you cannot see them

Posted 10 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

I think that's an important mental image for the writer to actively add the reader in the mix.
Nothing wrong with thinking! Thanks for an interesting observation. I often feel that it is my characters that are 'playing dress-up' rather than me. They don't always do what I intend, but I have found that I get a more satisfying result by giving them space than by trying to write around them!

Posted 10 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

I do that to, I start off with a over goal, opening line and a character. Then I just let it unfold.. read more
dear Cherrie... I love trying on colored pencils that
reflect the mood of the sky and feel of the weather...
Perhaps a day when sunlit flowers set the reason to smile...
a stranger tips his hat and a lady pauses to chat...
Thanks for acknowledging our repertoire... that sets our style.
ever so fondly, Pat



Posted 10 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

:) thank you Pat
So often we get stuck writing the same story over and over. We change the.. read more
• We know enough about life to blend what we know with what we want to include in our repertoire.

True if you're telling that story in person, because then, you can tailor your performance, based on the feedback you get from the audience, And then, the reader can see and hear that performance, which is how the emotional part of the story is transmitted. If you say, "Jack, you truly are a b*****d," the audience knows—by how you speak the line, and how you perform it—if it's high praise or deadly insult, and to what degree. But hand the reader a transcription of those words and there's no emotional content, for-that-reader.

So while we know life, we come to storytelling on the page without the knowledge of how to instill the missing emotion into the mind of the reader as they read our words. But because we hear the emotion in our words as we read them, we never realize that. It is, in fact, the reason for over 75% of rejections in the publisher/agent's office.

But take this a step further: assume you have the desire and the story, and are going to tell it in a medium that DOES reproduce the necessary emotion. Transplant the average hopeful storyteller, and their story to a venue where they can be seen and heard. Will they, with no additional knowledge on how to perform, do well? Could be, but people work hard on perfecting the skills of performance—many of which aren't obvious until pointed out and practiced till they come automatically.

My point? I'm not disagreeing with your viewpoint, only suggesting that kids playing dress-up are cute because they are kids. Given that I'm not all that cute these days...

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
~Ernest Hemingway


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Posted 10 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

I agree. The deepth of our skills come with practice, and the mastery of it from trying to learn b.. read more
The little girl was tucked up safe and warm in bed, ready for her bedtime tale from Daddy.
"This little piggy went to market... (giggle)
this little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef... (giggle giggle.)
This little piggy had none... (giggle)
And this little piggy... (giggle)... went into that delicious bacon sandwich you had for lunch. Goodnight dear.
(Aaaaarrrggh)

You mean like that? 😀

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Posted 10 Months Ago


Lorry

10 Months Ago

It is. Pigs in blankets, so good.
Ps... You do pigs in blankets over there dontcha? Sausage w.. read more
Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

everyone does pigs in a blanket, don't they
Lorry

10 Months Ago

Everyone worth knowing 😀
when i write, I like buying new pencils, pens, and a notebook. I am just weird that way. I enjoyed this

This review was written for a previous version of this writing

Posted 10 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

I get that I have to have a new pencil when I start a new project.
I have bought so many jo.. read more
Cherrie Palmer

10 Months Ago

& the pencils have to have a good eraser and sharp tip.

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Cherrie Palmer
Cherrie Palmer

Oakland, AR



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I am a published poet and love poetry. My husband and I live near the White River, and love trout fishing. I find my surroundings a great inspiration to me. I also have two books on Amazon Kindle: O.. more..

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