July 16, 2010

Poetry Friday--The Ever Inspirational Snoopy


Have you read Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schultz (Writer's Digest Books, 2002)? If you're a writer, you simply can't miss it. It comes
With insights and advice from more than 30 of the world's most popular and respected storytellers, including Ray Bradbury, William F. Buckley, Jr., Julia Child, Clive Cussler, Fannie Flagg, Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain, Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, Jack Canfield
The advice is interesting, and, helpful, but Snoopy is the real reason to read the book. There are many, many daily and Sunday comic strips that feature the little beagle in his role as writer--complete with his portable typewriter. (Don't you dare ask, "What's a typewriter?")

Since this is POETRY Friday, I've used Snoopy's words and mine (in red) to write a "poem" (according to the school of "a poem is whatever you say it is"):
The Elements of a Really Good Book (With Examples from a Master) and a Little Advice

GREAT BEGINNINGS:
It was a dark and stormy night.

It was a sort of dark and kind of stormy night.

Some nights were dark. Some nights were stormy.

Unbeknownst to everyone, it was a dark and stormy night.

If I remember correctly, it was a dark and stormy night.

It was one of those dark nights when you weren't sure if it was going to be stormy or not.

It was a dark and stormy marriage.

ENGAGING MIDDLES:
The cat left the room.

Then came the dog.

SATISFYING ENDINGS:
She threw herself in front of a Zamboni.

MEMORABLE CHARACTERS:
He was a dark and stormy knight.

A WELL-CONSTRUCTED PLOT:
"Ah, ha!" cried the Inspector, "The plot thins!"

AN UNFORGETTABLE TITLE:
Snow White and the Seven Beagles

Why Dogs Are the Most Superior of All Creatures On Land, Sea and Sky and Maybe Space

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Good Writing is Hard Work!


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5 comments:

  1. You and Snoopy have written a FINE poem!

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  2. But, do you think the copyright police will come after me? I'm always a little uncertain about using other people's (beagle's) words!

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  3. HA! Love it, Diane. Hope the book is as funny as your poem.

    Laura Evans

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  4. Snoopy is my hero! He's a pilot and a writer, like me. I've even named my new car (white with a little bit of black trim) Snoopy. I'll check out the book. Thanks, Diane.

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  5. Can't go wrong with Snoopy! Great mixed poem--thank you.

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