Cracking the WIP with Donna Cummings I have to say when I read Donna’s title for her post, I didn’t “get it”. Cracking the WIP. Awesome idea, I thought. Each time I finish writing a book, I have this brief giddy moment where I think, “Finally! I wish I knew where that delusion comes from. That’s when I’m reminded that WIP means “Work in Progress” even when I’m wishing it stood for “Whoa! There’s got to be a way to make that WIP your. . . Follow the clues One of my current WIPs started out with this scene popping into my mind: the heroine, a Regency miss, is at a country inn, crying after she got jilted by the man with whom she was going to elope. One question led to another, and then another. The WIP is practically writing itself. All of a sudden, I can’t figure out what the clues mean. Luckily, our writing brains are leaving us hints all over the place. Don’t despair It’s okay that we don’t know what we’re doing, or what happens next. Maybe your guess as to what happens next is wrong. Get the ugly out Enjoy the wild ride
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New in crime fiction: A guide to the latest mysteries and thrillers Trick of the DarkBy Val McDermid, Bywater Books, 397 pages, $24.95 Twenty-five books into a career, and Val McDermid seems to be just reaching her stride. Trick of the Dark is so smart, so witty and so devious, it’s difficult to find adequate praise. Just say that its the best of her already excellent run of novels. Charlie Flint is in a funk. Just in time to save herself, Charlie is summoned by her early mentor to her old college. TrackersBy Deon Meyer, translated by K.L. Deon Meyer kept readers page-bound with the thrills and suspense in his previous novel, Thirteen Hours. There are several plotlines going, and to give them heft, Meyer brings back two of his finest hunters, the bodyguard Lemmer from Blood Safari and Mat Joubert, now retired from the police force and facing his first case as a private investigator. The Hangman’s DaughterBy Oliver Pötzsch, translated by Lee Chadeayne, Houghton, Mifflin, 435 pages, $21.95 “October 12 was a good day for a killing.”
The Official Site of Shannon Hale "First you're an unknown, then you write a book and you move up to obscurity."Martin MyersIdeas for young writersThe Publication PoopAdvice on becoming a writerAgent adviceAsking an author for helpFrom the offer to the bookstoreShannon's path to publicationWhat I wish I'd knownWhy do you want to be a writer?10 unrequested suggestions made to an unpublished novelistThe Writer's LifeGiving life to Your charactersOn workshopsResearching my storiesWorking with an editor Advice for the newly publishedWriting your voiceWriters on writingWriters and richesWriting and motheringWriting is rewritingWhy I love fairy tales See also, Shannon's blog posts on writing.
How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. In this article, I’d like to share with you what works for me. This page is the most popular one on my web site, and gets over a thousand page views per day, so you can guess that a lot of people find it useful. Good fiction doesn’t just happen, it is designed. For a number of years, I was a software architect designing large software projects. I claim that that’s how you design a novel — you start small, then build stuff up until it looks like a story. If you’re like most people, you spend a long time thinking about your novel before you ever start writing. But before you start writing, you need to get organized. Step 1) Take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel. Some hints on what makes a good sentence: Shorter is better.
25 Virtues Writers Should Possess 1. A Wild And Unfettered Imagination This one goes up front: the bubbling turbid stew that comprises your brain-mind combo must possess an endless array of unexpected ideas. Your head should be an antenna receiving frequencies from the furthest-flung reaches of Known Creative Space. You want to survive, you’ve got to have an imagination that won’t lay down and die. 2. Given that we’re creative types prone to art-o-leptic fits of imagination, if we’re given no leash we’ll just wander off into the woods to create our masterpiece. 3. The only way you’re going to stay on target is if you believe this thing you want to do can actually happen. 4. By the same token, realistic expectations are the order of the day. 5. Here’s where you say, “Wait, wuzza? 6. I’ve always said that no matter the flavor of your writing career, it’s basically you putting a bucket on your head and running full force into a brick wall. 7. Writers are liars who use those lies to tell truths. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
Your Fiction May Be Failing for One Simple Reason: You’re Not Being Honest Writers talk a lot about “being honest,” “being vulnerable,” “pouring ourselves into our writing,” and “not being self-conscious” in our writing. But what does all that really mean? And how can flunking any of the above be the reason your fiction may be failing? What Is Honest Fiction? Let’s begin by asking the obvious question: What is honest fiction? What does that even mean? It’s a buzzword, sure. Honest Fiction Is… 1. Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus famously said, Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. Good fiction is always going to be true fiction. Mario Puzo’s Godfather is one of the most time-honored examples of this. 2. There’s a Chinese proverb that says, There are three truths. Honesty in fiction is never about presenting your truth. Do you hate your bad guy? This is something romantic-suspense author Kristen Heitzmann always does masterfully in the vignettes told from her antagonists’ POVs. 3. You know how you’re always being told to “write what you know”?
Write A Novel, Novel Writing Software, Write A Book, Book Writing Tips | Marshall Plan’s Writeanovelfast.com 10 ways not to be a travel writer – Lonely Planet blog It’s the dream: travelling around the world and getting paid for it. Every day, thousands of aspiring travel journalists start up blogs, pitch pieces to editors and put pen to paper (at least metaphorically) in the hopes of making travel a full-time job. Image by swimparallel, Flickr The good news is that it’s achievable. While only a select few attain the high life of sipping margaritas by the pool while churning out leisurely prose on their Macbooks, travel writing for a living is a real possibility for those who have the talent and are willing to put in some really, really hard work. However, we’ve noticed that there is a subclass of potential travel writers, photographers and video journalists who don’t really seem to have their heart in it. 10. Whether you’re pitching a 500-word essay to the New Yorker or dashing off a quick blog entry, you’re presenting your professional face to the world. 9. Use Facebook or personal blogs to reassure your mother and make your friends jealous. 8.
8 Ways to Touch the Heart of Your Reader with Rose Scott My guest today, Rose Scott believes every good writer should be a good reader. I’m betting our RU Writing crew out there agrees! Have you ever paid attention to what kinds of books move you and make you feel goosebumps? Of course you have. Write about things you know and that interest you Are you doing anything else besides writing? Melody Beattie, a self-help books author, says, “Live your life from your heart. Don’t write about things that don’t matter Insignificant details confuse readers and make them feel like they’re on a wild goose chase. Show, don’t tell This is what Stephen King always repeats, “Show, don’t tell.” Write about things that disturb people, make them angry, or reveal their secrets People are always trying to find the answers to those questions that torture them . Make readers admire or loathe your characters Your characters should catch your readers’ attention. Make your characters choose and solve complex problems Deceive reader’s expectations Don’t try to imitate
Novel Writing Software | Plan and write your novel easily! | Storyblue OokamiKasumi's Journal: Pep Talk from Neil Gaiman Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or a professional writer: there’s always something new to learn and ways to make your writing more refined, better researched, and more effective. Writing is essential for students who want to succeed, whether they’re enrolled in one of the top online colleges or an Ivy League university. As essential as it is, learning to write well isn’t easy. The best practices for writing and research can sometimes be subjective, and the finer points of syntax and style often take a backseat to looming deadlines and strict citation guidelines. Luckily, there are many helpful resources that make it easier to build on your existing skills while learning new ones. We’ve compiled links to sites dedicated to helping students, bloggers, and professional writers improve their techniques while also becoming better editors and researchers. Blogs Copyblogger: On Copyblogger, Brian Clark offers tips on how to improve the content, marketing, and business of a blog. Genres