Seven Key Concepts in Writing

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. […]

Why is World-Building Important in Fiction?

When you are working on a story set in a world from your own imagination, becoming a professional “world-builder” is important. Why? There 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, […]

The Parallels of Writing and Drawing

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 […]

A Writer’s Run-Down Of Phases And Quirks

“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 […]