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I said it before and I’ll say it again. Want to write well? Learn from the pros. One of my all time favorites is Steven King. I mean who doesn’t love getting the bejesus scared out of you just before bedtime? Back to what we can learn from the great “King.” 22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer Here’s what I gleaned from an article at Business Insider. Turn off the TV and read more. So tell me? Which are your favorites? Do you find reading about other authors helpful?
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And how to avoid info-dumping?
FYI, I’ve been working on my latest book for the past year and boy-howdy this has been a big issue for me. Not sure what writing with good exposition is? It’s like beautiful painting when done right. But done wrong, turns into ugly info-dumping. Too much information in a story all at once drives me nuts. So what is the difference between info-dumping and good exposition? Bridget over at Now Novel (link below) just wrote a terrific blog post that gives us examples to live by. Why Do Readers Stop Reading? – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® Happy Saturday, everyone!
I’m a little swamped right now, so instead of our usual thesaurus entry, I’m reposting an old favorite. It’s the first in a series of posts that explore different reasons why I stopped reading certain books. This is really helpful information for us to know as authors so we don’t make the same mistakes in our own books. Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers. Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line.
“There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. This is excellent advice. Stephen King, The Art of Fiction No. 189. WRITER BEWARE® About Us Mission Who we are, what we do, and why.
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