Yes, I know – that headline contradicts what is essentially one of the most current widespread beliefs about being a writer in this age. But it’s still true.
Before we get into the potentially depressing reasons why there has never been a worse time in history to be a writer, let’s take a look at some of the reasons so many bloggers and commentators are arguing the opposite – that there has never been a better time to be a writer.read more
When writing characters, I’m not a planner. I don’t sit down and write a long description and background for my characters. I don’t describe them or dress them. I’ve tried to, but they just appear in my head fully formed and they usually have their own agenda. Characters have minds of their own and there is no point trying to force them to do what you want. Trust me, you won’t win. I’ve had a minor character become a major and much loved part of a story. He took over and had to be part of the action. Characters know what’s happening and know where the story is heading. So be flexible when writing characters. Listen to your subconscious and don’t be afraid to try something new.read more
Short story writing is not an easy medium, and it is a myth that one can dash off a story and hope to at least be placed in short story competitions.
Basic Principles of Writing for Short Story Competitions
Writing a short story takes practice and much thought as well as careful editing, revision and hopefully the end result will be a well polished, carefully constructed story.read more
This Nanowrimo Tip is for wrimos who undertake this mammoth writing challenge with the intention of one day, after November going back and turning their 30 days of messy, messy writing into an actual novel manuscript.
When you’re writing full steam ahead, words flying off in every direction it can be tempting to throw in whatever pops into your head next. Zombie gnome attacks in the middle of a Victorian Period romance, random encounters with ET, a talking cat, a shift in perspective to explore what your toast might be thinking about this whole idea of breakfast.
This kind of random writing is fun, sure. A lot of wrimos embrace these kinds of plot deviations with plot dares and other word padding techniques. But at the end of your writing session, if word padding is all this kind of random plot generation serves then rethink the approach. For the benefit of your future editing self. Believe me, your future editing self will thank you for it.read more
Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month is a bit of a misnomer. No, it’s not the “national” label of this international event, it’s the “novel” label that causes a lot of problems.
Of all of the Nanowrimo tips and tricks I can impart to guide you through your wordy adventures, this one is perhaps most important.
You will not write a novel during Nanowrimo.read more
Every year, a small collective of Wrimos get a bit old school and handwrite Nanowrimo using actual pen and paper. I’ve been a proud handwriting Wrimo for 5 years and I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2013.read more