The consensus opinion is that in order to be a good fiction writer I must read well-written fiction. The idea is that I'm exposing myself to the best and should, in turn, absorb some positive influence from it, making me a better writer. Sure, I can see that to a degree, but does that mean… Continue reading Is Bad Fiction Good?
I realize I'm showing my age with this post, but I feel the need to comment on how things have changed for writers. Previously, I wrote about how much easier it is now to find and submit to magazines and journals than it was twenty-five years ago. What occurred to me this past weekend was… Continue reading The Solitary Writer
What’s more important, a strong first line or a strong first paragraph? I posed this question on Twitter the other day and received an amazing number of responses (and retweets). There were a variety of replies, but the consensus opinion was that a strong opening paragraph was more important. I agree, despite the fact that,… Continue reading The Cold Open
Confession time – I feel guilty when I have some free time and don’t spend it writing. It’s strange because I love to write, I need to write, but there are some moments when I simply want to unplug my brain and do something else. Usually, it’s something unproductive, like play a game on my… Continue reading Writer’s Guilt
I read a post on Twitter the other day asking the #WritingCommunity what their feelings were in regards to using adverbs and adjectives in their work. There’s a lot of debate on this - should a writer purge all the adverbs and adjectives from their text? Can we use a few now and then? The… Continue reading Writing by the Rules
I’ve finished the first draft of my first real novel (I’ve made a few failed, half-hearted attempts in the past) and found the process exciting and exhausting. As I noted to the writing community on Twitter earlier this week, I felt like I had run a marathon. Because of that, I’m setting the draft aside… Continue reading First Draft
One of the aspects of reading and writing that I find fascinating is the evolution of language. I’m one of those people who likes to read the occasional classic piece of literature (think Dickens, Tolstoy, Gogol, etc.) and I’m always amazed when I finish an older novel or story collection and then dive into something… Continue reading Evolution of Language
I’ve had a story idea incubating in my head for a few years now, and I think I’ve finally figured out how to write it. Cue sigh of relief. I originally had the idea a few years ago. I immediately sat down and starting writing, but hit the wall after two pages. So I set… Continue reading It’s about perspective…
Why do writers write? Other than to get paid, do we really get anything from performing our craft? Is it all about chasing the next paycheck? Is it for that long-shot at fame? Seeing our name in print? Insanity? I believe that most writers get into the game because they have a need to write,… Continue reading Why do we write?
Everyone has a junk drawer in their house. It's that spot in the kitchen or laundry room where you toss all those bits and pieces: rubber bands, twist ties, old keys, found buttons, maybe even some loose change. It's a collection of things you don't know what to do with but you don't want to… Continue reading A Writer’s Junk Drawer