I stumbled across this lovely little essay by Raymond Carver about writing.
Five lessons on writing from short story master Raymond Carver 1) In an introduction to Where I’m Calling From , Ray Carver quotes a line from Babel’s Collected Stories :
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In my more than fifteen years in the Christian publishing industry — years that included writing my six published novels and two co-written nonfiction books, stints on staff with three publishing companies, and years as an acquisitions editor — I've picked up a few things that may be of use to you. Published and unpublished novelists who have worked with me have heard me say these things. Some with rejoicing, and others with wailing and gnashing of teeth.! Apply them to your writing and, if you send me your manuscript for review, you won't hear me say them to you. 0:-) Note: This Tips column has been compiled into a print book called The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, which you can read about here .
Other Useful Information Cliff Pickover's 14 Rules for Creating a Bestselling Novel "How to Write" by Rob Sawyer. Great Beginnings, Point of View, Constructing Characters, Show: Don't Tell, Description, Speaking of Dialogue, Research, Heinlein's Rules, Wordprocessing Tricks, Cover Letters and SASEs, Self-Promotion, Professionalism 54 Tips For Writers, From Writers Marelisa writes: " Then comes the wait to discover how your writing will be received. Chilean author Isabel Allende once said that writing a book is like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. You never know if it will reach any shores. So just how do you go about facing an empty page, coaxing your ideas into the world of form, and steering the end result toward shore?
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How about a TOP TEN LIST for Easter? Here's a quick list for this very special day, in which, I will list not my Top Ten this'es or that'ses, rather, I will list my "Top Ten Writing-Related Top Ten Lists" from around the web. Exceedingly clever? No, just a way to fake-post on a day I want to spend with my family.
Chances are, you put off doing the writing for as long as possible. Writing can be incredibly hard, especially if it’s something you feel that you’re not very good at. You might have no idea where to begin.
Twenty years ago, a friend and I walked around downtown Portland at Christmas. The big department stores: Meier and Frank… Fredrick and Nelson… Nordstroms… their big display windows each held a simple, pretty scene: a mannequin wearing clothes or a perfume bottle sitting in fake snow. But the windows at the J.J.
by Daniel Scocco A couple of weeks ago we asked our readers to share their writing tips. The response was far beyond the initial expectations, and the quality of the tips included was amazing. Thanks for everyone who contributed.
Karen's hilarious advice to all divas-in-training. Practice Makes Perfect Learn just how wrong that old cliche can be! Who Cares? Learn about starting your story in the nick of time!
The Basics What’s the difference between a good writer and a mediocre writer? Sometimes it’s difficult to put our fingers on exactly what makes good writing good.
In this section, I’m sharing some of the most powerful writing tips I’ve come across or devised myself. I hope you find them useful. There are more like these in every monthly issue of the Brainstorm e-bulletin, which I’ll be happy to send you free. You can sign up by clicking the ‘subscribe to brainstorm’ button on this site.
With this year’s Nanowrimo , I will be finishing the first draft of a novel for the fifth time. It’s a great feeling, to reach that last page and set down that last period. Whenever I’ve done that, I always sit and stare blankly at the screen for a while. In slight disbelief that I did it. That it’s over. However, getting there is no picnic.