Us amateur writers tend to give ourselves a whole slew of reasons why we can’t make writing work for us. Here, we’re going to go over some of the most common excuses people make, and some ways to try overcoming them. I’M TOO BUSY Life’s demanding. Every time you think you might catch a break, […]
As the people interacting with the world and/or story an author builds, characters need to be taken seriously and developed properly. Without good characters, readers can notice immediately that something is missing, even if the plot is engaging and original and the world complex and interesting. After all, if your characters can’t react with much […]
In the Writer’s Digest book Guide to Good Writing (1994) , author Gary Provost’s 1984 article provides what he calls the “seven beacons of good writing.” They are as follows: Brevity, Clarity, Precision, Harmony, Humanity, Honesty, and Poetry. (Unless indicated otherwise, every quote in this blog is from Gary Provost’s article as featured in the book. […]
When you are working on a story set in a world from your own imagination, becoming a professional “world-builder” is important. Why? Here are two main reasons: IT INFORMS YOUR READER OF THE INS AND OUTS OF YOUR WORLD When readers pick up a book promising to take them to a mystical and exciting place, […]
Writing and drawing are two different forms of artistic expression, sometimes even utilizing the same medium. Drawing seeks to capture an image on a page, while writing seeks to capture an image in a reader’s mind. Drawing is about the right combination of elements such as shading, proportion, and detail, whereas writing is about the […]
“You know how it is when…” This is a phrase you will end up using often when talking with fellow writers. That’s because there are certain identifiers you will have once you’ve been writing long enough. Here are some of the phases and quirks most every regular writer will have: PLAYING CHARADES WITH YOUR COMPUTER […]
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