And what’s this got to do with writing anyway?
One of my writing colleagues recently published an article about prejudice against beauty. What? Who doesn’t like beauty? We all enjoy seeing beautiful things, places, faces. But what we don’t usually consider is how that pretty face makes us feel. Envious? Intimidated? Intrigued? Superior? Before that gorgeous gal utters a single word, have we judged her based on appearance? Continue reading
A few years ago, there suddenly appeared, as if from Heaven, a new rule for writers, no doubt engraved somewhere in marble or ivory: THOU SHALT NOT USE ADVERBS. (For those who are unclear as to what an adverb is, the rule has a variant: GET RID OF ALL LY WORDS. ) The source of this rule is unknown to me at this time, but one authority blames it on Continue reading
“Mostly I daydream. I use that well-known effect, whereby when you get in your car at the end of the workday, unless you stay alert, your hind-brain will drive you home. I do a lot of plot juggling then. Basic ideas often come as I wake up. I lie around, faking sleep, and drift through cobwebbed corridors, poking at heaps of junk that might yield some old iron pot or oily rag. Useful, all. Why not have X do Y to Z? a voice asks, and so I do just that, next time I’m punishing the keys.”–Gregory Benford
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Spotted by James Flaherty:
“His brow was dark and thick; his jaw was sturdy and resolute. It was a face, thought Ogilvy, that had been built to take a punch.” –from The English Spy, by Daniel Silva
Today, the 8 Great Storytellers address the last question about Writer’s Block:
D: How do you get in the mood to write?
What’s all this nonsense about “mood?” If you sit around and wait for the inspiration muse to flutter by, you may write, but you’re not a writer. Writers, like ditch diggers. get down and slog Continue reading
Nothing freaks writers out more than the inability to write. It can happen at any point in a project but most often strikes mid-stream. You are stopped cold, confronted by a startling realization that your story has lost direction and is sinking into an abyss of confusion.
There are countless reasons why writers stumble, lose focus, and end up suffering the paralyzing effects of writer’s block. A few quick fixes: Continue reading
Today, the 8 Great Storytellers address questions about Writer’s Block:
A: Are there times when you get writer’s block?
Yes. –James Flaherty
I’ve experienced writer’s block–not often though. –Mary Jo Hazard
Not for many years. A blank page is like a fog bank where characters and their secrets are hiding; I just need to blow away the mist. –Jeff Guenther
B: What is the best way to get past writer’s block? Continue reading