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The Old-Fashioned Way

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.

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Logic and Magic?

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

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Hitting The Wall

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

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Elmore Leonard on Writing

Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle. Via Bobulate.

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Big Bad Block

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

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Leaving The Pages Behind

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

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Write a Successful Novel In Five Simple Steps

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

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Close the Window, Pick Up The Phone

I was writing at the library the other day and for some reason my laptop wouldn’t latch onto the library’s WIFI. When I had to look up something or other, do a quick bit of research, I used my iPhone. … Continue reading

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Sometimes Enough Is Enough

A common mistake that new writers make is over-explaining, particularly with background and backstory. I don’t know if it’s because the writers put so much into the background and feel like it has to be shared (sometimes in excruciating detail), … Continue reading

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Should You Do It?

If you are a new writer, ask yourself these questions before you self-publish your novel: Has anyone but you read it? Anyone who doesn’t live with you? Anyone who has not at any time ever given birth to you? Did … Continue reading

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