Category Archives: Writing
Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a wonderful essay, Talking About Writing, which is her response to the question “How do I become a writer?”
It’s amazing how much difference a cover can make. It really can change your impression of the story.
Haven’t written anything for James’ story for two days now. I received a request for the full manuscript for Sebastian and Sophie’s story, so I’ve been looking at that manuscript, considering if I need to tweak anything.
I liked this post from Victoria Schwab on how to deal with the dreaded sagging middle of a first draft: By the time you hit the middle, you’ve written enough to know things are wrong, but you don’t yet know … Continue reading
Mary Carroll Moore wrote a post the other day about the importance of accountability in writing a book. According to her, there are two kinds of accountability: internal: you put yourself in front of the keyboard and start writing every … Continue reading
One piece of advice I’d been given was that I should not only enter writing contests, I should consider judging one. It’s supposed to help you see your own writing in a new light. Having had the chance to judge … Continue reading
Douglas Adams once described how humans could learn to fly. The knack, he said, was to learn how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. There you are, floating in the air. You could stay up above the ground … Continue reading
The beginner always falls apart emotionally when a manuscript is criticized. He reacts with raw feelings, resents, disputes, and will argue all the way down the line. He hasn’t learned yet that criticism must be accepted intellectually, and not with … Continue reading