Unread. Ignored. Forsaken. That's something, simply as people, we all fear, no? Specifically, it's perhaps a writer's greatest fear? Certainly one of mine. But there is a kind of irony in the event that situation occurs, so said author/writer whisperer Shaunta Grimes some months back . . . "I know how it feels to screw … Continue reading “What to do if no one reads what you write.” | Shaunta Grimes
I recently finished reading Pizzolatto's debut southern crime novel Galveston. While reviewing it on Goodreads I stumbled across this video. After hearing something he said here it got me I'm thinking maybe that's been my problem over the last 25 years, because I've always also been a musician, maybe not full-time, but certainly in tandem … Continue reading Nic Pizzolatto on Writing
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
Here’s a bit of writer's advice by multiple award-winning author Walter Mosley from his 2007 book on writing, This Year You Write Your Novel, published by Little, Brown and Company. An excerpt from the first chapter follows. The General Disciplines That Every Writer Needs Writing every day The first thing you have to know about writing … Continue reading This Year You Write Your Novel
I’m a pantser for the first time.
What’s a pantser? Someone who writes a book with no plan, as opposed to a plotter, who, you know, plots.
Normally, I plot like crazy. I have plots for my plots. (Also known as subplots.) And though I almost always deviate from my original plans, I always have a plan. But lately, I was feeling a little bogged down by all that planning. I yearned for adventure. For mystery. For absolute chaos. Like a road trip with no destination ahead. Just me and the road and whatever will happen.
So, I decided my first book of 2017 would be written in perfect pantser style, full speed ahead.
I’m not going to lie, I thought I would crash and burn. In fact, I expected to. But that wasn’t the case. Let me explain the differences by comparing my normal plotter ways and my current…
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We made it. We got through the dumpster fire that was 2016 and finally reached 2017. With each new year comes new year resolutions, but if you’re like me, most years your resolutions don’t last more than 30 days. At the start of 2016 I wanted what most people want: to exercise, eat healthier, sleep […] … Continue reading How To Make 2017 Your Best Writing Year In 5 Easy Steps — All About Writing and more
Bob Thurber (Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel; Nothing but Trouble), one of the finest writers in the English language (and a personal acquaintance), has been a literary mentor of mine for over fifteen years now. I recently stumbled across some more sage writing advice from him over on his Goodreads page. “Remember . . . keystrokes are … Continue reading Quotes | Bob Thurber on Writing