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Aerogramme Writers' StudioStephen King's "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes"

Aerogramme Writers' StudioStephen King's "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes"
I. The First Introduction THAT’S RIGHT. II. When I was a sophomore in high school, I did a sophomoric thing which got me in a pot of fairly hot water, as sophomoric didoes often do. Eventually, a copy of this little newspaper found its way into the hands of a faculty member, and since I had been unwise enough to put my name on it (a fault, some critics argue, of which I have still not been entirely cured), I was brought into the office. I wasn’t suspended. He told me he needed a sports writer and we could “try each other out” if I wanted. I told him I knew more about advanced algebra than I did sports. Gould nodded and said, “You’ll learn.” I said I would at least try to learn. I brought them to Gould the day after the game, so he’d have them for the paper, which came out Fridays. (note: this is before the edit marks indicated on King’s original copy) (after edit marks) “I only took out the bad parts, you know,” he said. “If that’s true,” he said, “you’ll never have to work again. III. IV. Related:  Writing ResourcesAdvice And TipsJournalism

Write Small - Five Ways To Make Your Reader Care I have found my new all-time, favourite writing advice: 'The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. I love this quote. Often, when I teach, I listen to students talking of the great stories they want to write. But when do I, as the reader, start caring? I care when I meet the soldier, scared out of his wits, hiding in the trench, trying to light a soggy cigarette, wishing he could see his girlfriend just one more time. Writing Women Characters as Human Beings Occasionally I get asked if I have any advice for writers on how to create believable female characters while avoiding cliches, especially in fantasy novels where the expectations and settings may be seen to be different from our modern world. There is an “easy” answer to this. Write all characters as human beings in all their glorious complexity and contradiction. That’s a decent answer, although rarely easy to pull off in practice, but it’s not really answering the question I’m getting asked. Standard Disclaimer One: In no way am I suggesting anyone has to write women in a particular way or that they have to write women at all. Standard Disclaimer Two: I’m barely scratching the surface here. My Three Basic Pieces of Advice 1. The lack of women talking to each other is the most frequent criticism I have of writers writing women (especially male writers). Pay attention to the fact that women DO talk to each other. Women and girls talk to other women and girls A LOT. 2. 3. A recent example?

Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism "A rising tide of pastry knowledge is very, very good for me,” he says. “It’s good for all living creatures.” "Tackling the flaccid, unsmoked pizzles was something else. OUTSIDE / Chef Blaine Wetzel's Quest to Become the Ultimate Locavore by Rowan Jacobsen "It was such a rare scenario. THE WASHINGTON POST / Too Much of Too Little by Eli Saslow "Is it enough for the government to help people buy food, or should it go further by also telling them what to eat?" THE NEW YORK TIMES / The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food by Michael Moss "What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive." LAPHAM'S QUARTERLY / Last Meals by Brent Cunningham "North Korea is a mythically strange land, an Absurdistan, where almost nothing is known about the people or, more important, their missile-launching leaders. Made in America

MASTER LIST of Facial Expressions! | Bryn Donovan Writers need good descriptions of facial expressions in their stories to help the readers picture the characters, to convey emotions, and to set up lines of dialogue without having to write “said” or any of its synonyms. However, it’s easy for us to rely on the same descriptions over and over again. I created this list to address that challenge. The expressions are broken down by the part of the face. Note that some of them work for more than one emotion—a person might narrow their eyes out of vindictiveness or skepticism, for instance, and their face might turn red out of anger or out of embarrassment. Some of them require a little more explanation on your part. Some of these aren’t exactly facial expressions, but useful for dialogue tags. The long list is after the jump. her nose crinkled his nose wrinkled she sneered his nostrils flared she stuck her nose in the air he sniffed she sniffled WHOLE FACE, etc. Happy writing! Like this: Like Loading... Related In "My Work."

Your Novel Blueprint Take advantage of our Instructor of the Month deal and get all of Karen Wiesner’s bestselling books on writing (& more) for one heavily discounted price.Order Now >> Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming about their ideal houses, but there comes a time when they have to wake up to the reality of building by analyzing what they expect from a house, and whether the plans they’ve selected will meet their needs. Architects argue that it’s better to build from the inside out. This is where a home plan checklist comes in handy. This list assembles the key considerations to keep in mind when deciding on a plan, including what are called external monologues, relating primarily to the outside of a house and its environment, and internal (interior) monologues. The Story Plan Checklist can ensure cohesion between character, setting and plot. First, come up with a preliminary title.

Media Action - Press Release: Media Neighbourhood How to Write a Book Blurb By far, the weakest part of many self-published books is the synopsis found on Amazon and elsewhere. Worse than the cover, worse than the writing in the book itself, there are a lot of blurbs on Amazon that are pretty near atrocious. I include my own books in this category. Authors are also on record saying this is their least favorite part of the process. That said, there are some very common errors that show up time and again, and are pretty easy to change. The main issue is too much plot. It’s sort of like how writers can’t see a typo even if they’ve looked at the same sentence 50 times. That is, for the author. Blurb Shark, which is mostly defunct, has a good summation of an ineffective book blurb here. History depends on who’s telling the story…Two thousand years after the Reboot, much is to be celebrated. It starts off nice, but then gets very weighted down in backstory. Things go downhill in the first sentence when we encounter the dreaded PASSIVE VOICE. Good Blurbs Bad Blurbs

20 Essential Elements of a Bestselling Thriller, by Jodie Renner If you want your thriller or romantic suspense to be a compelling page-turner, make sure you’ve included most or all of these twenty elements: 1. A protagonist who’s both ordinary and heroic. Rather than having a “Superman” invincible-type hero, it’s more satisfying to the readers if you use a regular person who’s thrown into stressful, then increasingly harrowing situations, and must summon all of his courage, strength and inner resources to overcome the odds, save himself and other innocent people, and defeat evil. 2. The readers need to be able to warm up to your main character quickly, to start identifying with her; otherwise they won’t really care what happens to her.So no cold, selfish, arrogant characters for heroes or heroines! 3. Your antagonist needs to be as clever, strong, resourceful and determined as your protagonist, but also truly nasty, immoral and frightening. 4. 5. If it doesn’t, change your protagonist — or your story line. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.