by Millie Ho
I started incorporating movies into my writing routine recently.
It’s exactly what it sounds like.
Instead of writing to music as I normally would’ve done, I drag my manuscript to the monitor and open a movie on my laptop. And then I write, typity type type, until my eyes and ears can’t take it anymore or my hands fall off.
Now, watching a movie while you’re writing might sound like a terrible idea, but please hear me out.
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by Richard Risemberg
There are four rules to follow if you want to self-publish a novel and not embarrass yourself, the publishing industry, and the English language. They are:
1) Write slowly. Write slowly, carefully, and vigilantly, always watching out for self-indulgence, which will betray your characters.
2) Rewrite. Because you will never be completely successful following the admonition in Rule #1.
3) Find an editor. No matter how careful you are in rewrite, you will miss some debilitating infelicities in your book.
4) Find a real editor, either someone who is trained in editing, or someone who has long experience in editing. And most important: it must be someone who does not love you. No friends, no relatives. (Unless they’re relatives you don’t get along with; that might work out.)
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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!
by Jacqui Murray
Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved). After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. I searched through a wide collection of self-editing books like these:
Continue reading Throwback Thursday: 19 Self-Editing Tips For Your Writing
Are you in need of some new books to read? Check out these authors, ranging from newly-emerging to veteran writers, all members of A Writer’s Path Writers Club.
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by Kate M. Colby
ARE YOU DROWNING IN STORY IDEAS?
What’s the best problem a writer can have? Too Many Ideas Syndrome (TMIS).
TMIS is the opposite of writer’s block. It’s that sensation when you have so much inspiration, you feel overwhelmed. What story should I write next? Which would be the most fun? Which would my readers like?
I can’t answer those questions for you … but I can give you strategies to make your own decisions. Read on for methods to help you choose which idea to pursue and how to stay loyal to that idea when more inspiration comes calling.
Continue reading What to Do When You Have Too Many Story Ideas
by John Briggs
When you finish writing your book, few people will doubt you’re committed to your writing. You’ve spent months or years putting it on paper, and hopefully poured your heart into every word. If the work is personal enough, you’ve invested a great deal of yourself. If nothing else, you’ve invested your time and talent.
But now that it’s done, are you truly invested in making your book a success?
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In his 2003 book, There Are No Shortcuts, East Los Angeles master teacher Rafe Esquith speaks of his struggle to communicate to his students the level of commitment and self-discipline required to go beyond mediocrity and achieve excellence. “They seemed too easily pleased with their efforts; if they got most of their arithmetic correct, they figured that was better than they had done the year before and they were off the hook. . . how many children pursue their dreams anymore? How can you go after things when you’re sitting in front of a television set or computer screen?”
Continue reading The One Thing Separating You From Being the Expert in Your Field
Hi all. I’m very excited to introduce this new perk delivered to you via A Writer’s Path Writers Club.
E. Paige Burks, a member of the Club and author of Return to Royalty, asked if providing free query critiques was something on my radar. In classic form of “ask and ye shall receive,” free query critiques is now a Club perk. Hooray!
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