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My problem is that I start working on a project, finish chapter one, and decide I'm not happy with it.
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.” T oday, 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.
from Locus Magazine, January 2009
Unsorted [/writers] James Patrick Kelly - Murder Your Darlings - "When time comes to make that final revision, however, you must harden your heart, sharpen the ax and murder your darlings."
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
[ 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.
Posted April 12, 2010 in Tools/Resources , Writing Are you looking for tools to help you write more efficiently and effectively?
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.
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.