by Michael Mohr It has taken me years and years of writing my own novels, stories and nonfiction, not to mention editing countless others’ manuscripts, to finally over time realize that there is such a thing as bread and meat in writing. What the hell am I talking about? Simple. I am constantly telling… Read More The “Bread” and “Meat” of Writing
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… Read More 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… Read More Are You Invested in Your Book?
by ARHuelsenbeck 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… Read More The One Thing Separating You From Being the Expert in Your Field
by Yvonne Blackwood After much thought and utilizing the idea generation suggestion in my previous article, you have decided on a fabulous idea. You are going to write a children’s story about Ronnie Rabbit, and he is going to be anthropomorphic. Although you have seen rabbits in the backyard and at the petting zoo,… Read More How to Write Children’s Picture Books: You Don’t Know Everything (Part 2)
by Doug Lewars How long should your novel be? The simple answer is that it needs to be just long enough to tell your story. Animal Farm is only 29,966 words and it’s a pretty good tale. At the other end of the spectrum is War and Peace at 544,406. That’s quite a difference.… Read More How Long Your Novel Should Be
by Ryan Decaria After much contemplation about writing magic systems, I’ve decided on a new writing philosophy. These guides work for me, but should in no way be considered “writing rules”. In fantasy, I’m going to treat my magic systems like a science In science fiction, I’m going to treat my “pushed” science… Read More Science and Magic are Two Sides of the Same Coin