Differences between Classicism and Romanticism

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] Introduction: Generally, ‘Classicism’ was the collection of the standards or pattern embodied in the literature, art, or architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. In other words, it meant following traditional standards (as of simplicity, self-control, and proportion) that were universally and permanently appropriate. Broadly, Classicism meant clearness, elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms. It was, sometimes, synonymous with excellence or artistic quality of high distinction. More precisely, the term meant the respect and following of Greek and Roman literature, art, and architecture. Because the principles of Classicism came from the rules and practices of the ancients, the term came to mean the devotion to specific academic standards. In the 18th century, ‘Romanticism’ appeared as a creative, literary, and scholarly movement; it actually began in Europe and  was at its summit in most areas in the estimated period from 1798 to 1832 Read More …

Creative Writers, See How Much You Know on This Quiz

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] Creative writing is so much more than stringing your words together in the proper order. It is the wondrous transport by which you place your own thoughts and fears into the hearts and minds of others. How much do you know about writing? Test your knowledge, and check your answers in the bottom half of the article. 1. The main climax scene is called the ________2. The main idea of the entire story is called the ________3. How you phrase your thoughts is called your writing _______4. The four kinds of conflict are _________5. Name the four points of view.6. Name the two kinds of voice.7. Another word for people “speaking” is _______8. The first paragraph should set the ________9. Developing a character is called _________10. Making the readers see the setting in their minds is ________11. Use _______, don’t tell.12. When you have finished Read More …

Professional Writers Toe the Line of Publishing Format Standards

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] You’ve written, retooled, and revised. Now it’s time to turn your manuscript over to an editor to be refined before you submit it to the “critical eye” of a publisher. You want to ensure that your content is error free and compelling, of course. But you also want your manuscript to be formatted using generally accepted industry guidelines. Otherwise, the publisher may not even consider it. Your editor will check both content and format. However, you’ll come across more professionally and save your editor time (and thus yourself money) if you’ve already formatted your manuscript according to industry standards. These guidelines aren’t carved in stone, but they’ve been gleaned from acquisition editors, various printed sources, and two major publishers: • Put only one space between sentences. Two spaces is a holdover from the days when writers used typewriters. Computers use proportional spacing, eliminating the need Read More …

Never Waste a Good Crisis – Gulf Oil Spill + 2012 = A Raising of Human Consciousness?

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] Never Waste a Good Crisis Gulf Oil Spill + 2012 = A Raising of Human Consciousness? Hillary Clinton is of course famous for saying “Never waste a good crisis”. She was paraphrasing Rahm Emanuel who had earlier stated “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”. They were both referring to the economic crisis. They were both members of the Obama administration at the time of their remarks. And they both got soundly trashed for making those respective statements. People get suspicious when the government uses the excuse of an emergency to put through pent-up legislation that had zero chance of passing prior to the crisis. Post 9/11 legislation underscores the justification for such concerns. But setting aside the possible motivation behind Rahm and Hillary’s remarks, the idea of using a crisis to get something done that folks hadn’t been up for -until Read More …