We writers are stressed out, jumpy folks, don’t you think? Some of us can be downright irritable. We can be argumentative and contrarian. A lot of us aren’t very good in crowds. We get anxious a lot. That’s the stereotype, I know, so I apologize if any of you are different. I can just see a comment rolling in a few hours from now: “I’m … Continue reading How To Fly Stress Free
You have a problem. You know you do. If you don’t know it, maybe you suspect it. Or maybe you have no idea, and this is the first you’ve ever heard of it. Read on for a paragraph or two and you’ll realize it and think, “Oh shit, I have a problem. F*** you for telling me.” If you’re reading this post you probably write … Continue reading How To Write With A Day Job
Comparison: In writing – an analogy, simile, or metaphor. “The trees were tall and dark, covered with twisting branches that reached for the dirt floor below. A hundred shadows danced and shifted in the underbrush that marked both edges the path. The air was warm and smelled heavy, like a spring night just before a storm. Overhead, black leaves formed a canopy that blocked out all of … Continue reading What’s Missing From The Forest?
Do you want to know what happens next? Do you love looking up from a book and realizing you’re one hundred pages in and haven’t blinked? Holy shit, is it tomorrow already? Here is the fifth and final post of a five part series on simple (but maybe not so obvious) tips to make our stories better. Today’s topic is Fast Flowing Writing. I don’t … Continue reading How to Write Well
Writers are an incredibly insecure group of people. It’s true. I’m even insecure about writing about our insecurities – what if people get upset about it? (If you did, sorry). But the fact is that we are very insecure, and an extension of that fact is that it isn’t an insult. In many way it actually makes a lot of sense. Fiction is hard to judge … Continue reading The Simplest Writing Advice
1. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov 2. “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith 3. “Write drunk; edit sober.” – Ernest Hemingway 4. “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let … Continue reading 11 Pieces of Advice From Writers