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When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever.
Two different ways of making things: the hard way and the easy way. The hard way is the way of the individual artist who establishes his own terrain, as it were. writers block
from Locus Magazine, January 2009
You've heard of freewriting, certainly.
These creative writing projects only require you to write based on your own experiences or the wondering and fantasies of your constantly working brain. Let’s check them out. Six Word Memoirs Five Creative Writing Projects You Can Do Today
[Author’s note: Of the many things I’ve written for the Poynter website, none has been as popular as my "Twenty Tools for Writers." This list has been quoted, cited, praised, debated, and repurposed by writers, editors, teachers, and other professionals who care about the craft. That folks find these tools useful gives me courage.
7 FREE Tools for Writers | There are hundreds of programs available to help writers no matter what your genre.
A Guest Post by Meredith Resnick of The Writer’s [Inner] Journey When my kids were in middle school they got a lot of make-work for homework and classwork, stuff that kept them very busy but that steered them away from real creativity and by proxy, real learning. This make-work gave the illusion that students were busy and oh so productive. Writers: How to Avoid Stagnation
Recent Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers, on evangelicals’ Bar Mitzvahs, for the New York Times Magazine Nobody’s Stranger, a Miami noir love story (Part One and Part Two), at Medium WRITING
After the release of The Doctor’s Lady, I’m beginning to realize readers are branding my stories as page-turners. I’m always flattered when a reader classifies one of my books that way. 4 Ways to Add Caffeine to Your Story
Academic Coaching & Writing
Outlines are an old-fashioned but very useful tool of writing. Unfortunately, they are nowadays somewhat out of fashion, replaced by “spontaneous writing”, encouraging writers to go with the flow rather than to follow a pre-defined structure. Outlines: channeling your writing flow | Academic workflows on Mac
Review/Art; 'Andy Warhol, Cars': Last Works of the Artist
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One (9780061840548): Stanley Fish