I read this cool article last week — “ 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself ” — and I thought, hey, heeeey , that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that.
Posted by Melissa Donovan on May 31, 2012 · Character writing tips. Characters are the heart and soul of every story.
Writing is a muscle.
While fad advice in the writing world comes and goes, some wisdom is so novel that it’s withstood the test of time. Culled from 91 years of WD articles, interviews and essays, here are 23 of our favorite writing quotes of enduring advice and inspiration . Enjoy. “If you have a story that seems worth telling, and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it, regardless of whether it has to do with sex, sailors or mounted policemen.” —Dashiell Hammett, June 1924 “The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader.
Previous iterations of the “25 Things” series:
A lthough I consider myself an avid reader, I must admit I have a short attention span when it comes to getting into books. If you fail to grab my attention in the first few lines, I start spacing out.
W e are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
The following essay was previewed in the class that Stephen Graham Jones taught for LitReactor, Your Life Story Is Five Pages Long . 1. The reader should never have to work to figure out the basics of your story.
In addition to the Web sites below, be sure to check the great writing blogs on the blogroll . Also look for resources at Resources for Readers —many of the sites listed allow writers to submit their titles. Authors on the Net —online community of authors with resources and information on promotion ABC Writers Network—contests and advice for creative writers
You’ve got some basic ideas of what your character is like: gender, age, vocation, manner.
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.
You've heard of freewriting, certainly.
A number of people have asked me “How much does self-publishing cost?”, so this post will clear that up.
by Mark Nichol Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive written communication.
Today is the 110th birthday of writer John Steinbeck , whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath , gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed.