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Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Guest Column August 3, I learn something new in every article or book I write, but perhaps never as much as I learned while composing my latest book, The Bard and the Bible: Writing that book was not only stimulating but also educational.
Because even after more than forty books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of blog posts, I learned from the Bard of Avon at least eight crucial and valuable lessons: Study thy Craft No one knows when Shakespeare started writing poems and plays.
Scholars are pretty sure, however, that he became an actor first, probably between and There is no indication that he was a great actor, but he probably learned stagecraft and playwrighting while trodding the boards as a young apprentice.
If your grammar needs work, take a class or read a book.
Read blogs like this one. Enlist a good critique partner. He injected specific elements into his writing for each part of his audience, and may even have revised his plays when they were presented at court as opposed to in the countryside or theaters.
What is true of his plays is also true of his poetry. Many of his sonnets, for example, were clearly written for a specific person in a specific situation. So be that specific in identifying and writing for your audience. You need a target to shoot at, an audience to play off, a clear picture of who your reader is for any given project.
Take the time to find the best word Do not dip your pen in an inkwell of ordinary language.
Take the time and trouble to find the best word, the just-so turn of a phrase, as Shakespeare did in one of his most justifiably famous scenes, as the dying nobleman John of Gaunt describes his homeland: Maybe those words came to Shakespeare in a rush of inspiration.
However it happened, he found just the right words, words that would be imitated and quoted often by his contemporaries and by generations to come. You have tools Shakespeare lacked: So take the time to find the word that best expresses what you want to say.
But he would not have had done so well if he had neglected the funny bone and never created Falstaff, the fat knight, or Mistress Quickly, the innkeeper.
In fact, you could say that Shakespeare invented both the stage musical and the romantic comedy.Reading Shakespeare's Plays.
Language Before you start to read Shakespeare's plays, you will want to take a look at some of the language uses that might stand in your way of understanding the script.
Shakespeare's plays portray recognisable people in situations that all of us experience at one time or another in our lives—love, marriage, death, mourning, guilt, the need to make difficult choices, separation, reunion and reconciliation among them.
I often wonder what Shakespeare would think of his legacy. It would be difficult to imagine what ambitions he had when he began his writing career.
Eternal fame, legendary status was, perhaps, not on his bucket list. To say Shakespeare has become immortal through his sonnets and plays would be a slight on the truth. CSC is devoted to exploring the question "What makes Shakespeare so great?". Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford in 'Anonymous.' If the Kennedy assassination doesn’t interest you, and you’ve got a few extra years on your hands, you might want to look into the debate over who wrote William Shakespeare’s plays..
Welcome to the morass. Shakespeare's sex life and his remarkable imagination We don't know what Shakespeare's sex life was like (there was no National Enquirer in those days), so it's fun to speculate.
Your can go to a discussion of the Sonnets and the fact that he wrote most of them to a young man rather than a woman.