by Lev Raphael Writing is lonely and sometimes it seems that the only people who truly understand what that feels like are other writers, but the bond can be deceptive. Just because someone else writes doesn’t mean that they’re truly simpatico. Be careful who you choose to bring into your writing world and… Read More 9 Writing Types to Avoid
Source – CC0 License by Laura Peters As ever, there is a constant wave of fresh talent washing up on the shores of the ever-embittered world of writers. More established writers might worry about the competition but, really, we should trying to help our less experienced comrades reach their full potential. A broader… Read More 5 Things New Writers Need To Hear
by Teagan Berry Writer: A person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or regular occupation. Author: A writer of a book, article, or report.
by Andrea Lundgren Sometimes when we write, our main characters aren’t all that unfamiliar. They may not be “us” exactly, but they might be fictional versions of ourselves—the people we’d like to be, sharing part of our own psychological makeup. This one might have our sense of adventure, that one our fondness for… Read More Unpacking Characters That Aren’t Like You
by ARHuelsenbeck In my file cabinet I have a thick folder packed with negative responses, many dating back to my freelance writing days in the 1990’s—my dreaded rejection slips. The big joke in my circle was that I’d eventually have enough rejection slips to wallpaper my house (actually, I probably do).
by Laura Peters When it comes to a page-turner, we like the idea of something that is in-between reality and fiction. When we consider the enduring appeal of Kafka or Thomas Pynchon, the notion of the conspiracy theory is one of those devices that straddles the balance. Conspiracy theories can be real… Read More Conspiracy Theories in Fiction to Inspire Your Page-Turner
by Lizard is Writing Anonymous asked: “Hi Lizard! I have an idea for a writing piece I want to do. I have characters, a majority of the plot, and a brief outline of the ending. The only thing is, I don’t know how to begin in a way that isn’t overwhelming to the… Read More Why Writers Use Multiple Points-of-View
by Daniella Levy Poet and blogger Trish Hopkinson reposted an article I wrote about rejection and the value of hope. That article was a sort of precursor to this blog, and it made me feel very warm and fuzzy to see it popping up again. I got some really lovely responses to it… Read More How to Not Strangle People Who Are More Successful Than You
by ARHuelsenbeck Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, rhetorical devices are among your most useful tools. Use them, and your writing will have specificity, emotional impact, color, and memorability.
by Doug Lewars Here we have the three most frustrating or even terrifying words for an author. “What’s it about?”