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August 28, 2011

General Writing: Writing Tips from Harry Potter

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , — ax20 @ 9:32 am

With the seven books behind us, there is much we can take away about writing from JK Rowling and Harry Potter. Here is a list of some of the lessons to take away:

Top 10 Tips of Writing I Learned from Studying JK Rowling


General Writing: Quotes About Writing/Books 2

“We’re all made of stories. When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on. Not forever, perhaps, but for a time. It’s a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it’s true, but then so’s everything.”
— Charles de Lint

“There’s stories and then there’s stories. The ones with any worth change your life forever, perhaps only in a small way, but once you’ve heard them, they are forever a part of you. You nurture them and pass them on, and the giving only makes you feel better. The others are just words on a page.”
— Charles de Lint

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I made love.”
— Ernest Hemingway

August 23, 2011

General Writing: When Is It Time To Say Enough?

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , — ax20 @ 9:48 am

One of the hardest things to do is figure out when it is time to give up on a novel. Most writers put everything they have into their stories and feel very emotionally attached to them. More than once I have heard someone compare their manuscript to a baby. But when and how do you determine if maybe one of your manuscripts should be buried (temporarily or permanently)?

Read about it here:
Why Do Writers Abandon Novels?
Shutting the Drawer: What Happens When a Book Doesn’t Sell?

August 22, 2011

General Writing: First Person

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , — ax20 @ 9:36 am

Deciding which Point of View to writing in can be very difficult. Check out this article on the pros of writing in first person:

Why I (We) Love First Person Point of View

General Writing: Tension

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , — ax20 @ 9:34 am

Tension is such a key component to a manuscript (and one that is missing all too often from a new writer’s work) that it can never be described too often. Some ways to add tension are discussed here:

how to add tension to our work

Getting Published: Are Agents/Publishers Too Picky?

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , — ax20 @ 9:32 am

In the struggle to get published, many authors feel that agents and publishers are being too picky and can’t understand why their manuscripts are getting rejected. Here is a good post explaining the agent and publisher’s perspective:

Are Agents & Publishers Too Picky?

General Writing: Describing the Main Character in First Person

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , , , — ax20 @ 9:30 am

Finding ways to seamlessly describe your characters is challenging at the best of times, but having to have a character describe themselves (as you have to do in first person novels) is particularly difficult. More often than not it is awkward and uncomfortable or feels forced. Read more about it from author Janice hardy:

What Do I Look Like, a Protag? Describing Your First Person Narrator

August 15, 2011

Getting Published: The First Five Pages

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , , — ax20 @ 1:15 am

Many agencies ask for the first five pages of a submission. From those first five pages they determine if they have any interest in reading the rest of the manuscript. Though people wish an agent would look at more, there is a reason that you need to make those first five pages count:

letters from the query wars

August 13, 2011

General Writing: Conflict

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , — ax20 @ 11:51 pm

Conflict is one of the most important elements to your story. With no conflict, there is no reason for the reader to keep reading. The story becomes boring and predictable. There are a lot of ways to mess up your plot. Here’s a great article discussing the ways:

Conflict – The most frequently screwed up story element

August 10, 2011

Getting Published: How to Find an Agent

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , , — ax20 @ 10:55 am

One of the hardest parts of being a writer is the submissions process. Who should they submit to? How do they know which agency is right? Here is a great article detailing the initial search process:

How Do I Find an Agent

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