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Damn, Look at that Style: A Beginner’s Guide to Tense

thewritershelpers:

Alright, lovely. You’ve got some characters going for you. A vague notion of the plot. Now you’re sitting down to write the thing when suddenly—more decisions appear! Gasp! Yes, unfortunately plot and characters aren’t enough to get you going—you have to test the waters of tense.

Proper use of tense is going to make or break your story much more quickly than plot and characters. A reader will give a well-written book a chance, even if the characters are weak and/or the plot makes no sense. A reader will most likely not put up with a poorly written novel, even if your main character is Harry Freakin’ Potter. Now, the sure-fire, fastest way to improve your writing style is to write more and write often. I’m going to bold that one, so you’ll remember it:

Write More. Write Often.

Now, that being said, you should also try to master the basics. Your writing will improve with practice, but if you don’t have a foundation upon which to set your new skills, fancy characters, and beautiful plot, well, the whole thing is going to topple faster than a Jenga tower.

Let’s begin.

 

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nycartscene:

recently opened:“mountain girl door” Kim Jones Pierogi Gallery, 177 North 9th St., Brooklyn, NY [ Map ]This exhibition includes drawings and paintings on paper begun as early as 1971 and completed in 2013–2014, following Kim Jones’ uncommon habit of allowing work he considers incomplete to sit, sometimes for years, working back into them from time to time until he is satisfied with the results. Also included are recently completed war drawings, and three new sculptures. In the 1970’s Jones’ performance persona, “Mudman,” could be seen roaming the streets of Los Angeles and Venice, CA and later, in the 1980’s, in New York City; always covered in mud, a nylon stocking stretched over his face, and carrying on his back an unwieldy and crudely constructed lattice-work structure of sticks, tape, mud, and twine. From the beginning he was also drawing, painting, and making three-dimensional works. His two-dimensional pieces range from intricate graphite drawings involving X and dot figures and erasure, indicating movement of each force (referred to as “war drawings”); to works that incorporate acrylic paint, ink line work, and collage; to paintings on photographs (most often of his own past performances), many of which have been made over a period of thirty plus years.

nycartscene:

recently opened:

mountain girl door
 Kim Jones
 
Pierogi Gallery, 177 North 9th St., Brooklyn, NY [ Map ]

This exhibition includes drawings and paintings on paper begun as early as 1971 and completed in 2013–2014, following Kim Jones’ uncommon habit of allowing work he considers incomplete to sit, sometimes for years, working back into them from time to time until he is satisfied with the results. Also included are recently completed war drawings, and three new sculptures. In the 1970’s Jones’ performance persona, “Mudman,” could be seen roaming the streets of Los Angeles and Venice, CA and later, in the 1980’s, in New York City; always covered in mud, a nylon stocking stretched over his face, and carrying on his back an unwieldy and crudely constructed lattice-work structure of sticks, tape, mud, and twine. From the beginning he was also drawing, painting, and making three-dimensional works. His two-dimensional pieces range from intricate graphite drawings involving X and dot figures and erasure, indicating movement of each force (referred to as “war drawings”); to works that incorporate acrylic paint, ink line work, and collage; to paintings on photographs (most often of his own past performances), many of which have been made over a period of thirty plus years.