Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CONTEST!! The Annual Autumnal Precis (pronounced PRAYSEE) Contest

HERE  it is, friends and followers, the time has come at last, to dazzle the world with your wit, wisdom, and elegance of prose.

The contest: 
1.Read the poem below by Robert Grave: The Devil's Advice to Story-Tellers. 
2. In a single grammatically correct sentence of no more than 140 characters (exactly like a normal post on Twitter, and your identity doesn't count towards the 140 characters) summarize the advice you believe Graves is giving story-tellers in this poem.  (No links, no abbreviations except those in common use in normal writing; in other words, no squinching.). Write your sentence precis as a post to this blog.
3. Any individual friend or follower of Welwyn Wilton Katz who is a member of  www.goodreads.com or http://twitter.com or www.facebook.com or more than one of them may enter. You may enter more than once, if you like.  A whole group following Welwyn cannot enter as a group, however.  


Deadlines:
Entries:  must be posted to this blog by Wednesday September 15, 6 pm EST.
Short List of Winners: Chosen by Welwyn and announced on a post to this blog, Sunday Sept. 19 at 6 pm EST
Voting (for the clearest, most sensible and most elegantly written precis on the Short List) will be done by the followers and friends of Welwyn.  Only one vote per person is allowed.  Voting commences immediately after the short list is announced. 
Last vote: must be received before 6 pm, on the Autumnal Equinox, Thursday September 23, 6 pm EST. In the case of a tie Welwyn reserves the right to choose between the finalists. 
Announcement of the Winner will be made on Welwyn's Goodreads blog and shared through Twitter with Facebook, shortly after the voters decide.
The Prize: satisfaction in a difficult job well done, the honours of the millions of writers and readers on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads, a-a-a-n-d-d... a new book of your choice written by Welwyn Wilton Katz, autographed as you request.

The Devil's Advice to Story-Tellers
Lest men suspect your tale to be untrue,
Keep probability - some say - in view.
But my advice to story-tellers is:
Weigh out no gross of probabilities,
Nor yet make diligent transcriptions of
Known instances of virtue, crime or love.
To forge a picture that will pass for true,
Do conscientiously what liars do -
Born liars, not the lesser sort that raid
The mouths of others for their stock-in-trade:
Assemble, first, all casual bits and scraps
That may shake down into a world perhaps;
People this world, by chance created so,
With random persons whom you do not know-
The teashop sort, or travellers in a train
Seen once, guessed idly at, not seen again;
Let the erratic course they steer surprise
Their own and your own and your readers' eyes;
Sigh then, or frown, but leave (as in despair)
Motive and end and moral in the air;
Nice contradiction between fact and fact
Will make the whole read human and exact.
               - Robert Graves

22 Comments:

At 08 September, 2010 , Anonymous Jessica Subject said...

I believe the poem by Robert Graves says:

To make your novel believable, apply behaviors, emotional and physical, you observe from society into your characters.

 
At 12 September, 2010 , Blogger Quenby said...

The power of observation is the story-teller's greatest asset for creating believable characters, rather than relying on clichéd archetypes.

~ Quenby Joanette

 
At 12 September, 2010 , Anonymous A.Fugue said...

Story tellers must lie elegantly about ordinary people in probable situations.

 
At 13 September, 2010 , Blogger Sylvia McNicoll said...

Sprinkle your stories with bits of real life and people but don't let truth get in the way of good fiction.

 
At 13 September, 2010 , Blogger Quenby said...

Observing the demeanour of strangers is essential to writing believable characters whose humanity is diminished by cookie-cutter lives.

 
At 14 September, 2010 , Blogger Quenby said...

A believable character can live beyond the page and is made flesh by acknowledging the reality of human chaos and avoiding a polished finish.

 
At 14 September, 2010 , Blogger Quenby said...

Human nature is contradictory, and believable characters must reflect as much, or else they become predictable, rather than probable.

 
At 14 September, 2010 , Blogger Quenby said...

A believable character consists of the perfect ratio of fact to fiction, where fact is behaviour acutely observed and fiction is probabilities imagined.

 
At 16 September, 2010 , Blogger James Bow said...

Sorry I'm late; here's my attempt: Go big, or go home. And details are important.

 
At 16 September, 2010 , Blogger Mike Burnside said...

Hello,

My name is Michael Burnside and while looking for some writer support groups I came across your profile on Windows Live. Your profile mentions that part of your life’s work is helping writers avoid bad publishing behavior. Unfortunately, I have already started down the path of bad publishing choices. I had a short story called “Childe” that was part of the now defunct Amazon Shorts downloadable offerings. Although I know people who downloaded my work, I never received any compensation. I am also the author a role playing game called Baptism of Fire: World War Two Role play, but I would like to break farther into the world of fiction writing. The world of hobby gaming books and literary fiction are quite far apart.

I was wondering if you had any recommendations on where I could submit some short stories. I’m not looking for payment as much as I am looking for a way to earn enough writing credit that I might be able to attract the attention of an agent. Any advice you may have is most welcome.

Thank you for your time,

Michael Burnside

 
At 16 September, 2010 , Blogger Welwyn-on-books said...

Okay, this is really important and I'm so glad you wrote, Michael. I'm going to repost your whole question as a "post of my own" sort of, and then respond to it. I seriously hope other people do,too.

 
At 21 September, 2010 , Blogger Quenby said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Blogger Coach Factory said...

air jordan, coach factory, louis vuitton, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, air max, tiffany and co, prada handbags, air max, ray ban, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, polo ralph lauren, michael kors, coach outlet store, burberry outlet online, coach factory outlet, longchamp outlet, nike air max, tory burch outlet, longchamp, oakley sunglasses, nike free, louis vuitton outlet online, oakley sunglasses, ralph lauren, true religion jeans, kate spade outlet, nike free, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors, prada outlet, nike shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, gucci outlet, louboutin, louboutin, chanel handbags, louis vuitton handbags, oakley sunglasses, toms shoes, louboutin, true religion, michael kors outlet, coach purses, nike air max, jordan shoes, true religion outlet, oakley sunglasses,

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Blogger Coach Factory said...

hogan, nfl jerseys, abercrombie and fitch, lululemon, chi flat iron, nike free, marc jacobs, rolex watches, soccer shoes, timberland, montre pas cher, beats by dre, birkin bag, celine handbags, karen millen, oakley pas cher, mont blanc, ralph lauren, herve leger, ghd, reebok outlet, vans, burberry, bottega, hermes, air max, nike air max, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, insanity, new balance shoes, ray ban pas cher, converse shoes, mcm handbags, mulberry, hollister, jimmy choo, ugg boots, louis vuitton, valentino, supra shoes, ferragamo shoes, asics gel, soccer jerseys, wedding dresses, p90x3, michael kors, north face outlet, lancel, yoga pants

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Blogger Coach Factory said...

oakley vault, cheap sunglasses, canada goose outlet, canada goose, oakley vault, canada goose, gucci, oakley vault, oakley sunglasses outlet, tn pas cher, oakley outlet, oakley outlet, canada goose, oakley vault, moncler outlet, oakley sunglasses outlet, ugg, oakley sunglasses cheap, oakley outlet, ralph lauren, louboutin, oakley sunglasses outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, [b][/b], oakley vault, oakley outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, ray ban, ugg boots, moncler, oakley sunglasses cheap, oakley sunglasses outlet, canada goose, ugg boots, oakley sunglasses cheap, oakley sunglasses cheap, cheap sunglasses, moncler, moncler, cheap sunglasses, cheap sunglasses, oakley outlet, cheap sunglasses,

 
At 17 December, 2014 , Blogger co wendy said...

Cheap LV Handbags, ugg boots, cheap jordans , Christian Louboutin Daffodile, discount christian louboutin, Discount Louis Vuitton, christian louboutin shoes, discount nike jordans, wholesale jordan shoes, ugg soldes, Discount LV Handbags, cheap christian louboutin, Bags Louis Vuitton, ugg, cheap nike jordan shoes, christian louboutin, uggs on sale, Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags, ugg pas cher, Christian Louboutin Bois Dore, christian louboutin remise 50%, uggs outlet, ugg australia

 
At 27 March, 2015 , Blogger mao yun said...

5
mlb jerseys
ralph lauren outlet
tods outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
lululemon outlet online
converse all star
jordan 4 retro
ed hardy clothing
coach outlet store
salomon running shoes
air jordan 4
pandora charms
discount oakley sunglasses
toms shoes outlet online
lebron shoes
marc jacobs outlet
coach factory outlet
abercrombie and fitch
ralph lauren outlet online
kate spade handbags
burberry outlet
coach outlet
lacoste polo shirts
kate spade
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton
coach outlet store
coach outlet store
mont blanc pens for sale
ferragamo belts
tiffany and co jewelry
hollister uk
abercrombie and fitch
nike air force 1
snapback hats wholesale
lebron james shoes
air jordan concord
foamposite gold
ralph lauren outlet
pandora jewelry
air force one shoes
20150328maoqiuyun

 
At 25 November, 2015 , Blogger chenlina said...

chenlina20151125
cheap ugg boots
supra shoes
replica watches
ugg sale
ugg sale
ray ban outlet store
cheap uggs
michael kors handbags
uggs for men
coach factory outlet
ed hardy clothing
coach outlet online
running shoes
ray ban sunglasses outlet
gucci shoes
coach outlet store online
kobe 9
ugg boots
canada goose jackets
michael kors outlet online
michael kors bag
lebron shoes
oakley sunglasses cheap
tory burch sale
soccer shoes
canada goose outlet online
louis vuitton purses
michaek kors outlet
the north face
louis vuitton outlet
hollister uk
louis vuitton handbags
jordan retro
michael kors outlet
true religion jeans outlet
jordan retro
ugg boots
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren uk
jordan 11s
as

 
At 04 December, 2015 , Blogger mmjiaxin said...

cheap jordan shoes
north face outlet store
ralph lauren outlet
ray ban outlet
winter coats
ugg boots
lacoste pas cher
coach outlet
ralph lauren,polo ralph lauren,ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren italia,ralph lauren sito ufficiale
the north face outlet
snapbacks wholesale
nfl jerseys
coach outlet online
ray-ban sunglasses
pandora outlet
uggs outlet
louis vuitton outlet online
ed hardy clothing
tods outlet
snow boots
mm1204

 
At 06 December, 2015 , Blogger Pnane Weg said...

mbt shoes for women
discount nike
nike clearance
red jordans
ugg boots on sale
abercrombie and fitch outlet store
columbia sportswear
jordan retro 3
canada goose coats on sale
jordans for sale
coach purse
coach wallets outlet
Michael Kors Outlet
burberry scarf
nike outlet
nike high heels outlet online
christian louboutin
michael kors sale
new jordan
hermes scarf
supras shoes
celine bags
louboutin shoes
nike outlet store
converse shoes sale
michael kors outlet online
North Face Outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
dior outlet online
retro 11
Kate Spade Shoes
fitflop
canada goose cheap
celine outlet
all jordan shoes
columbia sportswear outlet
mont blanc pen
cheap canada goose
prada outlet
uggs outlet
12.4qwe

 
At 09 December, 2015 , Blogger 方松腾 said...

michael kors handbags,michael kors outlet,michael kors,kors outlet,michael kors outlet online,michael kors outlet online sale,michael kors handbags clearance,michael kors purses,michaelkors.com,michael kors bags,michael kors shoes,michaelkors,cheap michael kors
mlb jerseys wholesale
cheap mlb jerseys
cheap nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys wholesale
nike shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
snapback hats
soccer jerseys,cheap soccer jerseys,cheap soccer jerseys for sale,soccer jersey,usa soccer jersey,football jerseys
cheap uggs
cheap ugg boots
ugg boots
uggs outlet
wedding dresses
chicago blackhawks

 
At 21 January, 2016 , Blogger 柯云 said...

2016-01-21keyun
tory burch shoes
michael kors outlet clearance
oakley sunglasses
tiffany jewelry
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton outlet
ralph lauren
cheap oakleys
ugg australia
michael kors outlet
uggs for sale
ugg boots sale
christian louboutin shoes
air max 95
coach outlet
canada goose outlet
celine bags
uggs on sale
air max 95
louis vuitton bags
ugg boots clearance
prada handbags
ray-ban sunglasses
true religion jeans
fake oakley sunglasses
cheap oakley sunglasses
red bottom shoes
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
uggs outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
nfl jerseys
cheap air jordans
coach outlet
michael kors handbags
air max 95
gucci handbgs

 

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home