Create Your Perfect Writing Space By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Part of The Writer’s Life Series When I first started writing, it was at my desk, usually in class, while ignoring my teachers. Over the years my writing space evolved to a real desk in my room, then it migrated to the dining room table after I got my own apartment, and eventually a home office. I’ve written on the living room sofa, in a coffee shop, and even airports and hotel rooms. This past year my husband and I have been remodeling the house, and part of that includes building
After a week of frustration, we are finally back online! We changed our hosting provider, and the transfer did not go well. It took a week of trying this and that (and getting our Tech landlord involved), to find and fix the problem. Apologies for the lack of posts during this time. Hopefully, there will be no more snafus!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Writing Prompt: The Skill Builder: Fixing Your Narrative Flow By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy This week’s prompt focuses on an exercise designed to work on a particular skill or technique, such as a POV exercise or character builder. Today’s prompt is a bit more revision focused, with a task aimed at editing your current project and experimenting with it. I’ve been discussing sentence flow and structure a lot the last few weeks, so let’s put some of that into practice. Today’s skill: Sentence flow Pick a scene and copy it into a new file so you’re free to
Great article from Joanna Campbell Slan 5 Things Re-Editing Your Older Work Can Teach You By Joanna Campbell Slan, @joannaslan Part of the Writer’s Life Series JH: As the saying goes, “No writing is ever wasted.” That’s especially true when we learn from our past work and improve with every book. Please help me welcome Joanna Campbell Slan to the lecture hall today, with reasons how re-editing our older work can benefit us. Joanna Campbell Slan is the national and Amazon bestselling author of nearly 40 books. She’s been shortlisted for the Agatha Award and won the Daphne du Maurier
Excellent article by Annie Neugebauer How to Process and Filter Feedback September 19, 2018 By Annie Neugebauer Photo by Robert Gourley In my last post I talked about “which types of readers to use for feedback,” covering the pros and cons of a weekly critique group, beta readers, specialty readers, and agents and editors. Knowing where to get feedback on our work is great, but what the heck do you do with it once you have it? It might sound like a straightforward question, but any writer gathering significant feedback knows how daunting it can be to face sorting through and implementing
I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself, and some of my reasons for writing the books. Much of what is in Book One uses names and places from my childhood. Urban Road was the school I went to, and Miss Penlington was. the Headmistress. Gillian is based on a girl in my class who was rich and spoiled, and got everything her own way, much like Gillian in the book. Betwys-y-Coed is a lovely place in North Wales. To a point, Penelope is based on me as a child; I was very much
Another really good article, by Vaughn Roycroft. Writing Through Uncertainty (With a Writerly Life Jacket) September 17, 2018 By Vaughn Roycroft 23 Comments Please forgive me in advance, but this is going to be an unusual post. Writing-life-wise, I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts, you see. And it seems to have had an effect on my WU essay routine. I normally write my WU essays about a week in advance. I like having a cushion. I even have a warning notification set up in my Outlook calendar for one week prior to each of my scheduled pub days. Last week, when
An interesting article from Michael Moorcock. Posted by interestingliterature Ever fancied writing a novel, but don’t have oodles of spare time to set aside for such a thing? Michael Moorcock, a hugely influential and prolific writer, has the solution. Those of you who like the idea of #NaNoWriMo (or National Novel-Writing Month), but would rather set aside a few days to write rather than a whole month, may like ‘the Moorcock method’. Stephen King’s book On Writing offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be a prolific author and has some invaluable advice, but Moorcock’s suggestions are well worth sharing too. For
I wrote this piece after taking an Aboriginal Studies course a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it. Comments are welcome! As always, all my writing is copyright to me, Susan (Sue) McCaskill. A few years ago, I enrolled in a credit course in Aboriginal Studies. Little did I know that that course would have an immense impact on my spiritual life. My instructor, Louise Milburn, an Anishinabe Elder, Pipe carrier and LodgeKeeper, no more looked Native than I do, being endowed with huge Irish blue eyes, pale skin, and a mop of dark brown curly hair. During the
Some great advice from Neil Gaiman!