1. theduplicitytimes:

    6 WRITING TIPS FROM JOHN STEINBECK

    1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
    2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
    3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
    4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
    5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
    6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.

    "If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story."

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  2. Beyonce & Solange onstage at Coachella

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    4/12/14 - Solange performing at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival: Day 2.

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  5. fotojournalismus:

    “Portraits of Reconciliation” by Pieter Hugo

    This April marks two decades since the lives of all Rwandans were dramatically changed through violent events that would mark the country forever.

    In an effort to highlight this anniversary, South African photographer Pieter Hugo recently journeyed to southern Rwanda, twenty years after nearly a million people were killed during the country’s genocide, to document the lives of those affected by the Rwandan genocide. What he captured is what the New York Times’ Susan Dominus calls “a series of unlikely, almost unthinkable tableaus”. That’s because in each of these photographs, composed of pairs, the two people posing next to each other share a haunting relationship - one a victim, the other a perpetrator. Each photograph consists of a perpetrator, who is Hutu, who was granted pardon by the Tutsi survivor of his crime.

    The individuals, all of whom are part of an initiative run by the AMI (Association Modeste et Innocent) that fosters a continuing national effort toward reconciliation, all agreed to be a part of this photographic series. Through this AMI-led project, small groups of Hutus and Tutsis are counseled over a period of several months with the process leading up to the final stage where the perpetrator makes a formal request for forgiveness from their victim.

    Read more about the stories behind these photographs.

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  8. ilovekartoffeln:

    Bless this man

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  9. "Have you ever felt a potential love for someone?

    Like, you don’t actually love them and you know you don’t, but you know you could. You realise that you could easily fall in love with them. It’s almost like the bud of a flower, ready to blossom but it’s just not quite there yet. And you like them a lot, you really do. You think about them often, but you don’t love them. You could, though. You know you could."
    — W.J.     (via hottestblogger)

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  12. thequeenbey:

    "I’m very proud of my sister and protective of her. Solange is the one person I will fight for. Don’t talk about my sister; don’t play with me about my sister. If you do, you’ll see another side of me. I admire her, and though she’s five years younger than me, I strive to be like her. She’s so smart and secure. She’s sensitive to people’s feelings, but not afraid of what they think."

    Happy National Siblings Day!

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  13. dachocolatethunder:

    Homes in Ghana Accra

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