Occasionally, as a writer, we believe that we have to have a a special room or space in which to write. In fact, I posted about this a while ago. We do need a space where we won’t be interrupted. But that doesn’t have to be at home. It could be your car or aContinue reading “WTT: A Change of Scenery”
The quote from Stephen King’s On Writing is pretty powerful. Stephen King, one of the world’s most well known author (I won’t say popular because a fair amount of people don’t like his work… but they do know his name), was once ashamed of his own writing. I have spent a good many years since— too many,Continue reading “WTT: Be Loud and Proud”
Maybe you’ve seen the “Let’s eat Grandma!” example, maybe you know about the strippers named Hitler and Stalin, maybe you think commas are like sprinkles and they make your ice cream-like writing taste better and look pretty. Who knows. Perhaps you’re one of those overly excited writers!!! You know, the ones who like to putContinue reading “WTT: Punctual Punctuation (repost)”
It’s the classic: show me don’t tell me. It’s also a cop out in your writing. Oh, sure, it’s factual too. The sun is indeed shining. Are the birds chirping as well? Chuck Palahniuk’s article on Lit Reactor says it very well. You’ll have to “un-pack” the description. This photo for example. Try describing itContinue reading “WTT: Don’t Tell Me The Sun Is Shining (repost)”
I’m going to admit something up front here. This post is going to rant about something. It is, however, very important for anyone who creates content on the web. It’s very important. It helps clear up your blog feed and your site content. It makes it easier for your audience and prospective followers to peruseContinue reading “WTT: Read More (repost)”
The most important thing for a storyteller to do is ground the reader. By the end of the first paragraph the reader should know the name of the narrator or main character and the setting. Some writers like to keep this from the reader, but remember that readers shouldn’t be confused about the story at the beginning. Think about it this way:Continue reading “WTT: You’re Grounded! (repost)”
Your writing is sacred even before it is finished. Whether you keep in a notebook and write out on the front lawn or you keep it on your computer and compose at your desk, the space you create in is also sacred and should be treated that way by you and everyone else. As I’veContinue reading “WTT: Privacy (repost)”
Welcome back for the exciting conclusion to It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! I will be discussing two more applications to help you keep your writing organized.
Writing can take up a lot of space. Ok, my writing takes up a lot of space-maybe you are organized-I’m not. Writing takes up space somewhere and if you are working on multiple pieces, or long pieces for that matter, it can get pretty hard to keep track of your progress and your plot. For that reason, I am tellingContinue reading “It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! (part 1) (repost)”
Having your first draft critiqued can be hard, especially if it took some time to complete, but it will only get better if you are positive about its criticism. You can’t improve your writing if you think it’s already perfect. If it’s the first draft-believe me when I say this-it’s shitty.