~ Notebook #11 ~ When you're looking to reincorporate lean muscle to your prose and you turn to the maestros of the minimalist, clean, no frills, straight-to-the-point (and straight-to-the-heart) narrative technique. I have a tendency in daily speech and writing to use a lot of complex sentences (and parenthetical asides) and when I'm not mindful … Continue reading Brother, Can You Spare Some Prose?
~ Words by Nicole Bianchi ~ Once upon a time, the typewriter was the only piece of technology a writer had to make his work easier. Now we not only have computers, but we can also access an endless array of useful writing tools on the Internet. Best of all, many of these web applications … Continue reading “15 of the Best Free Web Applications for Writers” | Nicole Bianchi
~ Words & Humor By Sarah Cooper ~ My tried-and-true process for getting stuff done Ever wonder how I get so much done? Me too. That’s why I decided to document my productivity methods so everyone can learn from them. Here’s my step-by-step process for being incredibly productive. * * * First, I realize it’s 4pm … Continue reading “How to Avoid Distractions and Finish What You” | Sarah Cooper
~ Words by Nicole Bianchi ~ Leonardo da Vinci. Marie Curie. Thomas Edison. Beatrix Potter. What did all four of these people have in common? Not only were they all highly motivated and creative individuals, but they also all kept some form of an idea journal. An idea journal is not a diary where you have … Continue reading “Why I Keep an Idea Journal” | Nicole Bianchi
I gotta say that Shaunta Grimes really hits it home in this one (with humor too). I can certainly identify with part of what she's discussing here. A few words by Shaunta Grimes: "I didn’t make a conscious decision not to publish. It just happened. And then it kept happening for more than two years. As evidenced … Continue reading “This is how to override your writer brain. Publish anyway.” | Shaunta Grimes
by Samia Rahman So, how can you write about issues or experiences that you find to be culturally alien, yet do it well? Perhaps the first step is to acknowledge that embarking upon such a task comes with responsibility, and you might want to think carefully about your motivation. Is this a subject that you … Continue reading “How to Write the ‘Other’ (Without Being a Jerk)” | Samia Rahman
Intro: Authors often discuss how reading improves your writing. However, there’s a big difference between passive and active reading, and if you’re serious about using published novels to improve your writing you must learn how to do the latter. When you read passively, you consume a novel as entertainment — you’re trawling through without paying attention to detail. … Continue reading “How to use Active Reading to Become a Better Writer” | Jed Herne