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Re: Writing by Spursfan2 on 23 September 2012 9:48am
Yes I know what you mean.

You know what it's like to watch old black & white 'live' film of World War II, or other past events, they don't really seem real; the peop0le live in a world that consists of various shades of grey.

Add colour and WOW!!

If I remember, one of the (German)propaganda films was shot in a French village (I think) where the Germans were rounding up the males and then shot them all. I found it very moving; I would not have done so if it had been in b & w (though it would still have been awful of course).

Re: Writing by Lounge Trekker on 30 September 2012 2:15am
A writer I am not, but I do appreciate some aspects of quality penmanship. Here is a phrase from Wilbur Smith in The Seventh Scroll as a key character walks on the banks of the Nile:

'She watched the dawn cobble the river with a pathway of gold and copper and set the triangular sails of the felucca ablaze.'

My simple mind is titillated with the inage of an early sun reflecting across a river as it is used by working boatmen. This guy is one of the greats.
Re: Writing by Loretto on 30 September 2012 2:57am
That is a beautiful line. I have been listening to Mark Knofler's song So Far From The Clyde. If he ever wrote a work of fiction I'd bet he'd do a fantastic job of it. I love this line, "As if fto a wave from her bows to her rudder, bravely she rises to meet with land. Under their feet they all feel her keel shatter, the shallow land washes their hands."

It is a beautiful song anyway, but I love that none of the sentences are simple: Direct Object Noun Verb. I like when writers do that. Ok that's my two cents worth!
Re: Writing by johnnyBgood! on 30 September 2012 5:41pm
I've never been keen on the use of language in formulaic or 'able to be taught' methods.
A writer should paint us a picture but she/he shouldn't have to look up a reference book that someone else has written, in order to find out how to woo the reader. Write from the heart.
Re: Writing by Loretto on 30 September 2012 6:04pm
I agree with you John, but I love when a sentence flows, and Mark Knofler writes beautifully.

At this very minute I am self publishing a book on Amazon. :-)

All very exciting stuff, well at least it is to me! And you guys inspired me to do it. So Thanks, Danke, Go Raibh Maith Agat!
Re: Writing by johnnyBgood! on 1 October 2012 5:33pm
That's because you are a teacher of English, Lonnie. The backstreet kids of Dublin or Glasgow can also write poetic lines.

Good luck with the book, post a link. If I get past page 3, you have my approval. :)
Re: Writing by Loretto on 3 October 2012 6:51pm
Here's a little background on the book I am self publishing on Amazon.com:


I hope that it is ok with the Palins team that I am mentioning it here? Just remove if it isn't. I won't be offended. It is advertising after all.
Re: Writing by johnnyBgood! on 4 October 2012 12:06am
It sounds good Loretto. Re the washing machine. Only if you sit on it. :)
Re: Writing by Loretto on 4 October 2012 1:22pm
OMG! I'm 100% certain that is what Ratzinger meant! What a great pope!!!
Re: Writing by johnnyBgood! on 4 October 2012 2:32pm
Buy yourself an old fashioned twin-tub and tell Kevin it was recommended by the Pope.
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