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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

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A quote for days when your writing (or your life) is a struggle

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocea...

Do you know where your modifiers are? (Write it Right)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The term 'misplaced modifiers' brings back unhappy memories of grammar lessons in which the emphasis was more on learning the names of the things that go wrong than on how to get them right. I did learn to spot misplaced...

How to win writing contests

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The best way to win writing contests is to write better than everybody else, but there are a few additional tips I can offer. First, look for contests with narrow qualifying criteria. These can be geographic--for example, in the U.S...

How many copies do you have to sell to be an Amazon best-seller?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Amazon doesn't release sales figures in the kind of detail that would be required to have a definite answer to the question of how many copies you have to sell daily in order to be in their top 5, but...

Naming your characters (or yourself)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A recent study shows that when people read something by a (made-up, not famous) writer who has a middle initial or two or three of them, they rate the author as being more intellectual than when it is represented as...

What to look for and avoid when getting feedback

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What should you look for (and avoid) in getting feedback on your writing or other project? Max Brooks, author of World War Z, said this in an short collection of tips on Publisher's Weekly: "I’m very careful who I let...

The Laughing Heart - a short film of a Bukowski poem

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a short film by Bradley Bell of a poem by Charles Bukowski...just because it's an important message.

I vs. me: write it right

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I received an email today from somebody offering an online event. The headline was, "Are you joining Amy and I?" Me, myself, and I: if you look these up you'll find lots of references to personal pronouns, subjective pronouns, objective...

irritable vs. irritating: write it right

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A description of an article in the New York Times read, "PreCheck, the expedited-screening program used by a quarter of all passengers in domestic airports, is making for a less irritable experience." They meant irritating. Here's what dictionary.com says: ir·ri·ta·ble...

15 examples of hyperbole that will rock your world, blow your mind (etc. etc.)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In a desperate bid to get us to click on articles or posts on the web, writers are creating headlines making ever-bolder promises and claims. Here are a few I spotted this morning. Apparently if you read or look at...

A no-cost way to boost your creativity (wake me in 20)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Do you feel that your creativity is being held hostage by the 24/7 demands affecting many people these days? Here's a no-cost remedy: take a nap. We know it's good for kids. One study found increased levels of anxiety and...

Do you have defining moments like this in your script or novel?

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

When you think back to your favorite novel or film, what moments in the story stick in your mind? Often there is one scene that reveals something new or even something very familiar about life and stays with us. In...

How to make a story about a table (or anything else) interesting

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a link to a short video about the design of a table the top of which looks like its full of water with a couple of goldfish floating in it. As you'll see, no goldfish were harmed in...

The case of the fake screenwriting teacher (non-fiction!)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Author and TV producer Lee Goldberg wrote on his blog recently about one James Strauss (AKA James Robert Straus), who has been going around to writing conferences as an expert on writing for TV. Some of these gigs have involved...

Write it right: Sea change or sea of change?

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In a news story today I saw this quote: "“It is very unusual, even over a period of 40 years, to see such a sea of change in public attitudes." Actually the phrase, courtesy of Shakespeare, is sea change (without...

The all-important first sentences of your novel

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's probably not fair that people judge whether or not to buy a novel based on the cover, the back cover, and the first sentence, but that's how it works much of the time. Now that more people are buying...

Awhile or a while? Write it right.

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I spotted this sentence in an article in US Today: "And because his presence 'inspires people' and makes them forget about their problems for awhile." That got me thinking about the difference between awhile and a while. According to Dictionary.com:...

If you can do this, you don't need to be a great writer

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Crime novelist Denise Mina told Writing Magazine, "I really think if you are taking a reader to somewhere they've never been before you have to make the reader think about things in a new way. You have to have a...

Ahh, the modern journalist (and the parrot)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A story in today's London Evening Standard is headlined, "Heroic parrot rescues female owner from attack in park." It was a bit of a let-down to read what the parrot's "heroic" action was: "But the attacker was stopped in his...

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