MORE Writing Gems # 6
Welcome to my tips, suggestions and resources for writers of all types.
I write too and one of the reasons for this Pearl is my frustration of not finding writing resources on the net easily. It's a time staking process and by the time you have found what you were looking for, you are no longer interested. I hope to make it easier for you.
So relax, put your feet up and discover some writing gems that will help, entertain and inform you and hopefully along the way you will find just what you were looking for. Aug 5
As someone writing my first novel, many questions reared their heads. Questions such as why write one? About what? How long does it need to be?
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“Don’t You DARE Write Another Word Until You Have Read This Article!” Now Scroll DOWN..! OK… so you thought you’d write a quick screenplay, sell it for big bucks, move to Hollywood, and spend the rest of your life hanging out in a guitar-shaped swimming pool with George Clooney and Megan Fox? Let me guess. Somehow it hasn’t quite worked out like that? Let me guess again.
By The Writers Store It's easy to feel intimidated by the thought of writing a screenplay. The rules! The formatting!
How do you free your voice in your writing? (image by howardlake, via flickr) Ask five writers what voice is in writing, you’ll get 15 different answers. Ultimately, a writer’s voice is the key to writing a good story. These tips will help free your writer’s voice – they apply to fiction and nonfiction, poetry and blogging.
The best writers have to start somewhere… (image by Evelyn Saenz, flickr) What are the traits of top writers? What makes good writers good – how and why do they rise to the top? The following traits are only one piece of the puzzle — but they’re an important piece. Before the tips, a quip: “Write straight into the emotional center of things,” writes Anne Lamott — a top writer — in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life .
by Mark Nichol Doing research to strengthen a current story or article, or to get ideas for a new one? You can google all you want and hope for a productive return, but to engage in a focused search, try one of these mediated experiences instead: 1.
My name is Joe, and I'm a research-aholic. This should surprise no one who reads my books. In fact, I've taken some teasing about the length of the “acknowledgments” sections of my books, because so many people have been so generous about sharing their expertise with me. I have always considered “Write what you know” one of the most useless pieces of advice a beginning author gets. Write what I know? If I'd started out writing what I knew, I'd have come up with 10 or 12 pages about a kid in upstate New York who wanted to be a cartoonist (I did, actually; read this monthly newsletter for more about this).
Writing is easy, it’s quality that’s hard. Any idiot who knows 5 words can write a sentence (e.g. “Dufus big much Scott is”).
By Jennifer Blanchard As writers, we tend to “fall in love” with the stuff we’re working on —whether that be our blog, a novel we’re writing, a short story, our poetry or any other number of things. I’m the first one to argue that love and passion are an extremely important part of being a writer. But when that love and passion is being spent on a writing project that just doesn’t seem to be working , it’s time to take a step back and evaluate things. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. In 2008, I finished my first novel .
I can’t seem to start my novel! Yeah, that about says it all. I don’t believe in writer’s block, so let’s not call it that.
Editor’s Note: the original version of this article was first posted on the C2C in 2010. A puzzling question for many authors, like myself, is this one: Where do I begin my story? Do I begin in the middle of the action? Do I begin with the backstory of the setting and characters? Or do I begin, unconventionally, at the end, and then proceed to explain everything that lead to this end? Beginnings are important and that’s why authors are always anxious about them.
Spoiler warning : Major spoilers for Plain Kate in this entry. I recently fell in love with Plain Kate by Erin Bow. Every sentence is beautiful, and the story is impossible to forget. Plain Kate is also a very, very sad book.
People often visit Creative Writing Corner searching for answers about how to write a death scene, so it’s about time that I gave my thoughts about it. I was first given the assignment to write a death scene as a stand-alone piece when I was a freshman in college, in my very first creative writing class. I chose to write a creative non-fiction piece about a relative of mine. The piece ended up being fairly successful; it was published in my college newspaper and I received a lot of very kind comments about it.
The iPad can be an incredible tool for the serious writer, but only if paired with an external keyboard. Which of the countless alternatives out there is the right keyboard case for you? Its simple: Go for a quality keyboard that fits your writing style . This guide discusses three things you should consider about your writing style, and it reviews ten of my personal favourite keyboard cases. Before going into the details of quality and writing style, you might wonder what makes the iPad a great tool to do some serious academic writing?