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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Mo Willems on Writing for Children and Other Unembarrassed People

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Mo Willems ("Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus") expressed a few thoughts about his writing process to the Boston Globe Magazine recently: "I’m just writing about emotions. I like to say: 'Love, jealousy, hatred, wanting to drive a bus...

Headline-writing made easy (and unintentionally funny)

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here are some actual newspaper headlines recently featured on the Odd Stuff Magazine site: "Bugs flying around with wings are flying bugs" "Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25" "Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Find Weapons"...

The Self-Defeating (?) Deceptive Strategy That's Stinking Up the Internet

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here, from socialmediatoday.com is advice on how to attract readers with headlines that lie: "Good headlines make the content seem interesting and useful. Sometimes a headline might introduce a little mystery. I’m sure you’ve seen the ones that set up...

The Three C's of Plot (and how they help you write the middle of your story)

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There are many ways of constructing a plot. One I find useful is to consider what I call the three C's: Conflict Choice Consequence You can use these to develop your main plot, but they are equally useful in constructing...

Grammar romance: proximity is the key

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's a headline from a recent article on Blastr.com: This Actress Wants to Play Captain Marvel Very Badly In fact, probably Bryce Dallas Howard wants to play Captain Marvel very well. The key to getting this aspect of grammar righ...

Why Homeland Security is Satire-Proof

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I've mentioned before that I have an idea for a satirical novel about Homeland Security, but the facts keep getting in the way. They are more ridiculous than anything I could invent, and the latest news adds to the list:...

The importance of clarity in writing (did Israel disappear?)

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The fact that people tend to skim rather than read carefully online makes it more important than ever to be clear in what we write. This morning on the BBC News site I ran across a couple of good examples...

The high price of satire

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

People generally think of satire as a pretty weak weapon, but it still scares or at least annoys despots. The Art Newspaper reports: "A court in Tehran has sentenced an Iranian artist to 12 years and nine months in prison...

Art, theft, or both? And the confidence of misinformation

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

You may have read by now about artist Richard Price. He took a screenshot of a post from Instagram that included somebody's photo and several comments, added a comment of his own, blew it up to a much larger size,...

Not take a break may be harming your writing

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

We know that taking a short break during a long writing session is helpful, but research shows a surprising reason. Apparently, focusing exclusively on one task for a long time can actually make it disappear from your mind. One of.....

If you're a writer, you need these extra skills (Part 1)

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It would be ideal if writing skill and talent were the only attributes a writer of novels or screenplays needs. However, in the real world some additional skills are vital. Some of these may strike you as unusual, but bear...

If you're writing a romance or romantic comedy (or are looking for a partner)

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The first episode of a new podcast called PsychCrunch features interviews with researchers in the field of personal attraction. While they are pitching it toward people looking for help with dating, the information could also be useful for anyone writing...

Coloring books for adults? Therapy or regression?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If any additional evidence is needed that I sometimes totally fail to have my finger on the pulse of the book-buying public, the advent of coloring books for adults qualifies. That's definitely one I didn't see coming. Publishers Weekly reports...

My first bribe (offered to me, not from me...)

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A while back, a publisher named Austin Macauley had their lawyer send me a letter threatening legal action because (in their view, but not in mine) my post about them was actionable. I changed the wording to make it clear...

Writers now being charged for being rejected

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I just read that a number of small literary magazines are now charging a reading fee. If you want them to consider your story or poem you have to pay them a fee (in one case, $3). If they reject...

When a writing magazine gets it this wrong...

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

From the current issue of Writers' News: "Simon and Schuster Children's Books (UK) acquired two fiction novels..." "Fiction novels?" Sigh.

Two wrong sentences (one is 15 years long)

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

My new favorite headline: "Jury Convicts Couple of Having Sex on a Beach After Only 15 Minutes of Deliberation" If only the couple had deliberated a few additional minutes... Beyond the poor choice of sentence construction, there's a serious element--because...

The Language Police are on the move (don't mention peanuts)

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There's an interesting new book out from the US about the (self) censorship that takes place with textbooks in an effort not to offend anybody (and therefore not lose any potential sales). The book is called The Language Police. The...

Novelist Jeffrey Deaver on planning a novel

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver believes it's important to outline your work before starting to write it. He says his background as a lawyer probably contributed to his dedication to preparation. In a three-minute video hosted at SimonandSchuster.com, he describes his...

The late-night writing, late-night snacking connection

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If you write at night you may also find yourself snacking more during that time (unfortunately, I'm speaking from experience). I assumed this might be a distraction gambit--a trip to the fridge gives you time to think about what to....

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