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Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number five

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

Sunday Quote: We (writers) must make mistakes

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"We must make our experiments. We must make mistakes. We must live out our own vision of life. And there will be error. If you avoid error, you do not live." --Carl Jung It's possible that nobody will want to...

Why it's a good idea to read your writing out loud

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of the most common writing tips is: read your writing out loud (or listen as someone else reads it). This headline is a good example of why that's a good idea: Jessica Ennis-Hill Sent Vile Rape Threats Over Ched...

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number four

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number three

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number two

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number one

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'll feature...

Sunday stories: Doing it for the children

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story...

Beware of LitFire Press

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Another day, another "service" that is interested in extracting money from writers' wallets. The excellent Writer Beware newsletter points to a new one: LitFire Press. They have been cold-calling (or cold-emailing) writers, claiming to have heard about or even read...

Michael Morpurgo on writing: facts into fiction

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This link is to an article in which Michael Morpurgo talks about how he combined elements of several true stories for his book, "An Elephant in the Garden": - http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Michael-Morpurgo-man-feeds-imaginations/story-23668689-detail/story.html I think it's interesting that although he could have written...

The "lost" book that sold a million copies

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Independent featured an article (about a book, The Letter for the King, that sold a million copies in the Netherlands, but took more than 40 years to be translated into English. Last week, it appeared on the shortlist for...

Don't stop...but maybe change

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"You fail only if you stop writing" -- Ray Bradbury Bradbury never did stop writing, not until he stopped breathing. He gave you the feeling they were pretty much the same thing. After the 99th rejection or a few particularly...

The one thing writers need that can't be taught (other than talent)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A successful writer needs to master the craft of writing, but there's another requirement and this one can't be taught: a thick skin. Writer Barbara Henderson revealed her experiences with this, for an article on ChronicleLive.com, written by Hannah Flint:...

See this real-world example of how being specific makes a story more powerful

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I'm sure you've come across the advice that making your characters specific makes your story more powerful, but here's a real-world example of how being specific changes how people behave. It's a preview clip from a new TV series coming...

The great escape (it's what writing is all about)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with completely different people." - Roald Dahl Being in a different place with completely different people is what made...

Location as story: Kids, welcome to the Pocket Money Loan Shop!

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There are lots of ways to tell a story. In this case, it's a location, a loan shop where kids can get loans when, for instance, their parents have cut off their allowances. The annual interest rate is only 5000%....

Selling your self-published book: 7 tips

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here are a few bits of useful information I picked up from a webinar about self-publishing e-books. It featured an interview with Brad Costanzo, founder of Costanzo Marketing group: The "give a book away free in hopes they'll want t...

The most important person you'll meet through your writing

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"I read and I walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that...

Do you lose motivation in the winter?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

We're coming off Daylight Savings Time, it's getting dark earlier, and there are more grey days ahead. Do you find your motivation flagging as winter sets in? I do--I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (a bright SAD light helps). Even...

Alcohol, creativity, and memory (cheers!)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A while back I wrote a post about research that found that creativity is enhanced by having a couple of drinks (but not more). A new study shows that light consumption of alcohol can also help memory--at least for older...

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