Writing Tips

"Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing" from Gotham Writers

"Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat's CradleBreakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it's all completely unique.

With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:...."

Read Vonnegut's Excellent Advice Here on Gotham Writers

 

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Good Read: "Who, What, When, and Where of Writing Rituals" from the National Writing Project

By: Kathleen O'ShaughnessyConnie McDonaldHarriet MaherAnn Dobie

"May Sarton liked to listen to music when she worked, but only eighteenth-century music. "I find that the romantics don't work for me," she said. "I love them to listen to, but not to work with" (quoted in Saum 1986, 97). Other writers come alive at particular times of the day or night. Katherine Anne Porter said she preferred "to get up very early in the morning and work. I don't want to speak to anybody or see anybody. Perfect silence" (quoted in Murray 1983, 29)...."

Read More Writing Rituals of Productive Writers Here

 

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Great Read! "10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing" by Sage Cohen (from Writer's Digest)

"The writing life presents endless opportunities to meet fear. Facing the blank page, sending work out for publication, and reading to an audience can all be triggers. Fear is neither good nor bad—it’s simply an emotional weather vane that lets us know where we are meeting or anticipating challenge.

Fear becomes a problem when we do (or don’t do) something to try to avoid feeling it. And this is what too many of us are in the habit of doing. For example, if we let the fear of rejection prevent us from pitching or querying or submitting, we are ensuring that we’ll never realize our aspirations. Even worse, we’re reinforcing fear’s position as captain of our craft. But when we consciously work with fear, we can actually harness this energy source in ways that support our writing goals and enhance our writing experience. Here are 10 ways to do it....."

Read This Great Advice Here

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Great Read! "Advice on Publishing from Top Fiction Editors" by Ginny Wiehardt (from The Balance)

From The Balance: 

"...three editors and former editors, from HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin's Press, reflect on how those decisions get made, the state of the industry, and what they're are looking for. ..."

Read Their Awesome Advice Here

 

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GOOD READ: "20 Writing Tips From Fiction Authors" from iUniverse

"Writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work. iUniverse Publishing fires up your creative spirit with 20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors.....

"Tip 1: "My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on...."

READ MORE HERE

 

 

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Good Advice From Joe Bunting at The Write Place: Writing During the Holidays

"Christmas and Chanukah are periods of liminality. Liminal space is called the space betwixt and between, which means that it is not normal time. It is special time, and most importantly, it is the period when all transformation occurs.

Pay attention and see how people change this Christmas. Then, write about it...."

Read more HERE at   The Write Practice

 

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