Live Mag Short Story Competitions. LIVE Reads – Short Story Competitions by: Fahmeeda - 5 March 2013 So you have a way with words and dream of becoming an acclaimed writer, but you’re not sure how or where to start?
Entering writing competitions may be a good idea then. Our latest issue of Live Magazine featured a review on short story collections by Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman and Karren Russell. In keeping with the theme of short stories, we’ve sourced a few cool writing competitions – some for kids as young as 9 to enter! Random Struik House. How To Karate Your Novel And Edit That Motherfucker Hard: A No-Foolin’ Fix-That-Shit Editing Plan To Finish The Goddamn Job. Let’s get something out of the way: Editing is writing.
At the end of the day, the actual execution of your editing process is writing. It’s you doing surgery and excising all the unsightly tumors from your work and filling in the gurgling wounds with better material: healthy flesh, new organs, cybernetic weapons, robot dongs. Sometimes it’s as simple as killing commas and adding periods. Other times it’s as complicated as dynamiting the blubbery beached whale that is your entire third act, picking up all the viscera, and filling in the hole with clean, pristine sand. Writing is editing. Writing is rewriting.
Problem, though: no editing plan is ever going to be quite as simple as a writing plan (especially the “Big 350 No-Fuckery Writing Plan” I outlined last week). Point is, editing requires a level of finesse and awareness. Or, to return to the medical metaphor, you require a diagnosis. You need to know what’s wrong before you go biting off warts and ripping off limbs.
Two Columns Edit. How To Push Past The Bullshit And Write That Goddamn Novel: A Very Simple No-Fuckery Writing Plan To Get Shit Done. Life will never be kind to the writer.
Particularly those who stay at home. You go to a full-time job outside the house, everyone gives you a wide berth to let you do what you need to do. Stay at home to write a book and everybody interrupts you like all you’re doing is watching a Teen Mom marathon on MTV while chowing down on pizza-flavored Combos and Haagen-Daaz. Life intrudes upon you. It kicks down the door and stomps all over a writer’s practical aspirations to write.
» How To Create an Anti-Hero TVWriter.Com. Ooh, writing tips!
We loves us our writing tips: by Maryann Yin (MediaBistroCom) Is your National Novel Writing Month plot stuck? The Last Word On Nothing. Poetry. INTERVIEW: Donald Maass, Part 2. If you missed part 1 of our interview with Donald Maass–one of New York’s top agents and president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency–click HERE to catch up, then come on back.
In this final segment, we talk about his must-have craft book for writers, Writing the Breakout Novel, how his book and workbook are a dynamic duo, his favorite workbook exercise and a new book in the works. Enjoy! Ten rules for writing fiction(part two) Hilary Mantel 1 Are you serious about this?
Then get an accountant. Ten rules for writing fiction. Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather.
If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. Write Edit Seek Literary Agent. Keen followers of this blog, if such there be, will have noticed that we’ve had a bit of a pause recently.
Three weeks or so without a post. That’s been for a couple of reasons. Internal Vs. External Conflict by Gary Gibson. Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days, was published in August.
The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. What is it that makes a truly exceptional genre novel? What can an author of a horror, sf, fantasy or any kind of genre novel bring to their work that elevates it in some way, so that when reviewers write it up they describe it as ‘transcending its genre’? Recommended Reading for Writers by Gary Gibson. Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days, was published in August.
The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Every time I put together an assessment of a manuscript for Writer’s Workshop, I always include a list of recommended reading. I make the point to each client that the report they’re reading is really the start of a long journey, and that if they want to improve as writers they need to study a variety of writing techniques. One of the things you learn when you become a professional writer is that you never stop learning, and while I still learn much from reading novels with a writerly mind, I do still, even several books into a career, buy and read books about writing.
The Elmore Leonard Website. Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle WRITERS ON WRITING: Being a good author is a disappearing act. Uchronia. Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds.
A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined (mainly placed in some distant or unspecified point before current times), sometimes reminiscent of a constructed world. Some, however, do use uchronia to refer to an alternate history.
"Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy" by Jeffrey A. Carver. Jeffrey a carver writing school. Wandering Multiverse. The Water lily. The Water Lily Inn was situated near the centre of the old city, over a thousand years old, the weathered stone exterior still bore scars from the Great War. Black scorch marks trace strange patterns on the stone from ancient wards that protects the building. New roof tiles shine brightly in the late morning sunlight as Gen approached the entrance to the Inn.
Smiling to himself as the soldiers at the door straighten at his approach, too young to know who he is yet a personal friend of the Lord Marshall must be important. Quite conversation could be heard from inside the common room of the inn. Writing Excuses Episode 1: Brainstorming. The Writing Excuses Index: Season Six. The Writing Excuses Index: Season Five. The Writing Excuses Index: Season Four. The Writing Excuses Index: Season Three. Writing Excuses Season Two Index. Season One.