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Category Archives: Writing
Teaching to the test. If, as a teacher, you want your students to do their best, you have to have them practice what is effectively bad writing— no introduction, no conclusion, just hit the points of the rubric and provide … Continue reading
A fascinating piece on how writing is, and isn’t taught today. In a world of blogs, email, Twitter, and Facebook, the ability to clearly express your thoughts with the written word is more important than ever.
This article by N.K. Jemisin seems to have caused a minor kerfuffle. Some people agree: “Yes, it’s fercrissakes magic. It’s supposed to be all about wonder and stuff, not logic.” Some disagree: “Magic is energy and energy is physics and … Continue reading
This author calls it Bad Brain Days. I call it hitting the wall. It’s that point in writing your book when you think it sucks, it’s never going to be any good, you’re not any good, you’re just wasting your … Continue reading
Death to Word says Slate.
Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle. Via Bobulate.
I’ve been thinking a little about writer’s block lately. Haven’t had it, thank goodness, just been thinking about it. A lot of people will tell you that writer’s block is a made-up thing. Plumbers and laborers and computer programmers don’t … Continue reading
It seems that pages may not be my friend. This is something I stumbled across by accident. When writing my last novel I tracked my progress by pages. It was important to me to use a word processor that displayed … Continue reading
Want to write a novel and rake in some money? It’s very simple. Just follow these steps: Spend twenty years learning how to write, honing your craft. Spend twenty years learning about people and the world, so you have something … Continue reading