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25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers

25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers
Seen a lot of folks giving advice to so-called “aspiring” writers these days, so, I figured what the hell? Might as well throw my dubious nuggets of wisdom into the stew. See if any of this tastes right to you. 1. No More Aspiring, Dingbats Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. 2. You can aspire to be a lot of other things within the writing realm, and that’s okay. 3. Nobody respects writers, yet everybody wants to be one (probably because everybody wants to be one). 4. There exists no one way toward becoming a professional writer. 5. Point is, fuck the One True Way. 6. You will always have days when you feel like an amateur. 7. You learn early on how to write. 8. I’m just going to type this out a dozen times so it’s clear: finish your shit. 9. …in order to know when they must be broken. 10. … in order to know why they matter. 11. Writing is a technical skill. 12. Why are the days of our youth known as “salad days?” 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

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Lessons I’ve Learned Starting a Micropress I started a micropress, Tiny Hardcore Press, and it has been an awesome but very challenging adventure. The best part is getting to work with writers I respect to publish awesome books that practically fit in the palm of your hand. There is no worst part but every single day I learn something new. Most of these lessons have risen from my own ignorance. Who just decides to start a press? Themes & Things To Keep In Mind When Writing Fantasy Stories and Adventures & Daily Encounter This list is far from complete. It’s not even trying to be complete. It knows better than that. It just wants to be helpful and provide some inspiration here and there; you know, offer little suggestions that might lead to bigger ideas. (Especially by using the words offered as Wikipedia searches!)

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You Image from Flickr by Lazurite This is not particularly relevant to the post, but I’m getting an awful lot of comments telling me, often a little snarkily, “it’s ‘THAT’ not ‘WHICH’”. The “don’t use which for restrictive clauses” rule comes (as far as I can tell) from Strunk and White. Plenty of authors, including Austen, have used “which” exactly as I use it in the title. It’s very commonly used like this here in England, so I’m guessing my comments are coming from US readers. There was never a period in the history of English when “which” at the beginning of a restrictive relative clause was an error.

Nerd Paradise : How to Write a 20 Page Research Paper in Under a Day Posted on: 10 Cado 7:0 - 5.27.29 So you've procrastinated again. You told yourself you wouldn't do this 2 months ago when your professor assigned you this. But you procrastinated anyway. How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. Rachel Toor Articles <META NAME="GENERATOR" CONTENT="Dreamweaverl 3.0 Mac"> <META NAME=description" CONTENT="Rachel Toor Articles"> <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Rachel Toor, writing, books, non-fiction, The Pig and I, Admissions Confidential, articles, I do not like people who say they like to write. Once I asked a friend who is a novelist -- an irritatingly good novelist, a prize-winning novelist -- when he worked. He said, "I write when I feel like it," but before I could bond with him in slackerhood, he added, with a grin that made me want to smush his handsome face into the well-manicured lawn of his huge Victorian house where his lovely children play and his beautiful wife hangs out, "And I almost always feel like it." From another friend I heard a comment made by a novelist we both know, who was working on her second book. She said that each day she sits at her desk and channels her main character; hours later, she notices that she has written pages and pages.

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25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing 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. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost. That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me.

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