This page was created to draw together the material relevant to creative writing on the Meadhall website. It will have essays on various aspects of writing, both poetry and prose, but time is hard to come by, and there are already a number of incomplete pages. For the time, therefore, this page will serve mainly as a source of directions to other pages on this large, and rather diverse site. Also, these pages are not a comprehensive introduction to creative writing, nor are they intended to be motivational. I hope that for some, however, they may answer some questions or otherwise prove to be useful.
Ossian, by Ingres. Ossian is a long, heroic poem supposedly from the northern heroic age, and translated from ancient manuscripts by James Macpherson. The work, actually a forgery, as Samuel Johnson and several others maintained from the first, fired the imagination of a whole generation including such men as Jefferson, Napoleon, and Goethe. The sleeping poet with the phantoms of warriors and beauties surrounding his head seems to me a fine representative of the creative artist.
This button takes you to Third Millennium Publishing. This is an on-line publishing operation that deals primarily with sci.fi. and sci.fi./fantasy books. This is a form of publishing which is relatively new, and has some downsides as well as advantages. The situation may get better as people become more accustomed to the idea of reading or buying books on-line.
This button leads to the first page about Catherine and my novel, Mythosphere. It is a virtual reality fantasy novel. We have created a large virtual world and are expanding it in further books. A world, however, even a comparatively small one is a big thing, and we are soliciting stories from readers to create a page of Mythosphere fiction. At some point we would like to actually publish in book form a collection of stories and novellas by authors who have contributed to the mythos.
This button is to our poetry magazine, in production since 1982. Here you will find our guidelines, what the magazine looks like, and some pointers for poets. We have also included the mailing address as we are not at present accepting internet submissions.
This button leads to the Meadhall index. There are a number of pages only marginally related to creative writing, and some not at all. Some people might find the pages on sword & sorcery fiction past and modern of interest or even of use.
This page is a retrospective on the historical romance (bodice ripper), and was written largely on a whim. Some, though, might find it amusing, and those who are actually interested in writing in this genera might find a few useful pointers.
This page deals with the conventions of manuscript submission, primarily poetry, but a little of short stories and novels as well. Most of this can be found elsewhere, but if you don't already know this, you should.
This page is an essay, "Six Levels of Rhyme," which deals with the various levels of poetic sophistication in using rhyme, as well as offering a number of pointers about the use of rhyme.
This page is a small collection of poems, some anecdotal, some award winning dealing with the theme of "Death in the Country."
Though intended to be one of the pages belonging to the Myth pages whenever that group of pages is completed, the work of the greatest of the pulp writers and the father of the genera of "cosmic horror" deserves mention here as well.
This page, "Blank Verse and the Iambic Pentameter line deals with one of the most used verse forms in the language.
This page deals with the poetic meters of traditional western poetry as well as brief excursions into other systems of poetry.
This page covers the rhyme schemes and stanza patterns of traditional poetry, how they are set up, the logic behind them, and what they are best suited to accomplish.
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The connection between sound and sense in poetry, and how sounds relate to each other within a line of verse.
"Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration," a companion to the proceeding page, "Sound Effects and the Poetic Line."
A large collection of brief poems and epigrams, mostly three and four lines.