Who is We and What is the Short Attention Span Press Doing Here?

 

The Oracle

 

The Short Attention Span Press is a group of people that post important advice to writers of all genres under the guide of accomplished author Meyer Lane. Meyer Lane, himself, takes the time most every day to make comments and post advice that he also sees fit along with posting an an occasional original piece of work for exclusive release to the internet for free. You may be able to catch him online at any time.

We at the Short Attention Span Press are glad to be a part of this most unusual mix of accomplished and struggling writers. We would also like to thank Meyer Lane for his guidance and willingness to put a pen name up in order to consistently assist new writers. Know that there is a measured amount of contractual risk he is taking by doing so. It is for this reason that he cannot reveal his true name. He feels that it is a small amount of risk to take in order to reach into the void of unknown great writers and inspire them (even give them a place to showcase their work) to become known for their own unique abilities that only they have.

Now a word from Meyer;

“It is a shame that I have seen a great many artists that not only had the ability to be listed amongst the great writers in history but were already producing works that reflected so only pass into the emptiness. I am here to try to stop the attrition. I am here to give people the inspiration and the chance to become what I know they can become. We are not looking for the muse. We are the muse.”

~ Meyer Lane

We at the Short Attention Span Press would like to again thank you for your continued support.

~ Gabriel M., Supervising Editor

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Jonathan Cahn Responds to Critics

** Everyone should listen to this video. What are the topics that people just aren’t supposed to voice their opinion about? Religion and Politics…taboo, right? Jonathan Cahn wrote a best selling novel about religion. Can you imagine how many critics he had? Still…a best seller. Here is what I want you to take from this video…pay close attention to what Jonathan Cahn states were the negative critiques of his work. Understand that you will always have critics to a point. In certain ways critics are good. In many ways, however, you can become absorbed in their overly detailed, ludicrous, ‘Wordsworthian’, trash talking. Everyone has a point of view. Just don’t let it become 100% of you. **

~ Meyer Lane

 

 

Jonathan Cahn  leads the Jerusalem Center (& Beth Israel) a worship center made up of Jew and Gentile, people of all nations – located in Wayne, New Jersey, outside New York City. He is the best selling author of The Harbinger.

 

 

 

1,000 Likes in 15 days!

Meyer Lane’s Short Attention Span Press logs over 1,000 likes in the first 15 days of its existence.

We at the Short Attention Span Press would like to thank all of our new and loyal visitors!

Rest assured…we are just getting started.

 

” Without you and without each other…we are only writing in thin air.”

~ Meyer Lane

Don’t Lose Track…Keep Up

Hey fellow writers,

This is Meyer Lane.

I just wanted to write you a note, real quick, to let you know that we have posted 27 new posts in the last three days here on the Short Attention Span Press! We don’t want you to miss out on all the good stories and information. We have become the WordPress sign post for great writing advice and short or flash stories thanks to all of you!

Hope to see you somewhere in the blogosphere.

~ Meyer Lane

Basic Guidelines for Writing Narrative Dialogue

Only one character should speak in each paragraph.
– When starting a new paragraph to show a change of speaker, the first sentence of the new paragraph should contain the dialogue.
– Identify the speaker only when it is otherwise confusing.
– When identifying the speaker, do so as early as possible in the paragraph.
– Use realistic dialogue which suits the character saying the words. For example, your character may use very informal language which features a great deal of slang and contractions.
– A quoted line of dialogue can be its own sentence inside a larger sentence with a capital letter at the beginning and a comma, a period, an exclamation mark, or a question mark at the end.
                 Example 1 – Comma: “I’m planning a trip to Australia,” said John.
                 Example 2 – Period: John said, “I’m planning a trip to Australia.”
Example 3 – Exclamation Mark: John yelled, “I’m planning a trip to Australia!”
Example 4 – Question Mark: John asked, “Are you planning a trip to Australia?”
– Quoted dialogue can contain more than one sentence.
Example: “I’m really tired,” mumbled Tony. “I think I’m gonna go to bed as soon as
this movie is over. What time is it, anyway?”
– When in doubt about dialogue, check your Language Arts textbook or a novel to see how the professionals do it.

Common Mistakes

– Using a comma where a period is required: Frank smiled as he spoke to Alice, “You look very happy today.” (INCORRECT – comma after Alice should be a period.)
– Placing commas outside the quotation: “It’s breakfast time”, yelled Mom.
– Placing periods outside the quotation: George said, “You need to pay attention”.
– Using inappropriate words to introduce or describe dialogue:
             a. Angus questioned, “Are you okay?” (questioned is wrong – asked is correct)
             b. “Do you have any water?” said Billy. (said is wrong – asked is correct)

You Cannot Be a Writer

” If you do not write, you are not a writer. As such, it would then only stand to reason that you are incompetent and incapable of producing a readable piece of work to garner attention from more than a handful of friends whom you supply with free copies.”  ~Anonymous

I was once asked why I post so many advice columns on my blog from well known authors. It is not to mire people in the suggestions of the lucky few published and monetarily successful authors out there. It is to give you the ability to peer inside the heads of these writers and then turn those ideas around upon yourselves in order to find your own unique way…your path to the end you wish.

That being said, if you are reading these columns of advice and immediately applying them to your writing mid book…then you have completely missed the point. These authors do not hold the holy grail of inspiration…you do. You know what works for you. It’s not working yet, you say? Well, I am very sorry, but boo-hoo. You must be able to persevere rejection after rejection…hundreds if need be. Oh, and if you are that despondent from being rejected time after time, then self publish and see how much time and money it takes you to accomplish the same marketing efforts as a major publisher. Yes, I know it can be done. I rolled five sixes in dice once too.

The writing world in regards to publishing  (or wanting to be published) seems to have become bipolar. On one side you have the lucky few to have been published who then become those who are allowed to expound their wisdom on others (because they know better) due to the fact they were lucky enough to be published then idolized by the masses as gods of the writing world. On the other side, you have the millions of unpublished writers. A percentage of these writers are much better then the currently published writers. Even still, this group tends to cling to the inspirational quotations of the above mentioned published few. Why?

The answer is simple. They cling to an ideal that is acceptable to the modern writing outline. But wait…then how do you explain some of the most successful anti-writers of our time such as Charles Bukowski, Junot Diaz, Tanith Lee, Irvine Welsh, Hunter S. Thompson…the list goes on. It is the difference between Wordsworth and the establishment and ground blazing anti-establishment works of Thomas Chatterton that introduced the world to the romantic poetry movement.

My point is this. If you listen to the establishment, you will become refined, maybe even to the point of becoming published. However, how much of you will be in those works?

Will you be like every one before you…the gleam in Wordsworth’s eye, or will invoke your own personal fire to lite the world?

I hope you pick the latter.

~ Meyer Lane

Our Charge by Meyer Lane

So, when was it that I thought I was different?

Was it Day 1? Yes, I believe so.

So…so egotistical to think that you can change…well, everything.

Yet, how many people hold on to that feeling?

How many people hold on to that feeling not out of hope…but out of the knowledge that they truly can.

And…is that not the difference between greatness and mundane…normal?

Normal tends to be a long road that leads you right back to that same mundane beginning.

So, what is there left to do?

By rights, you must change the face of this earth, this interaction you call life by what you have to give it.

By your talents, behavior, actions, feeling…you already know it is true.

It is a big job…no doubt.

However, it is one you are made to do.

So, you are a writer…write to change.

Change life…understanding…perception…feeling…mood.

Make everything more meaningful.

That is…as writers… what we can do.

~Meyer Lane