Category Writer’s Craft

What is your favourite piece of writing advice?

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry Pratchett Just wonderful…

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Setting a Writing Schedule with a Busy Schedule

I think anyone who has tried to write something, anything, has run into this. I have found this to be the single biggest challenge to being able to maintain a blog or start a writing project. I have a a young family and I want to be an involved parent. I also have fitness goals […]

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The Versatile Blogger Award

It is my great pleasure to accept this award from experiencedtutors. You should really go over and have a look at his blog. He discusses his trials and tribulations as a private tutor in the UK as well as presenting little vignettes of life in and around the place where he lives. It’s a little […]

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Comment on Self-Assessment: The One Question Every New Writer Wants Answered

The One Question Every New Writer Wants Answered On the last day of the quarter, I often ask students in my memoir class to write down on an anonymous slip of paper a question about writing. When I did this recently, I received a number of questions about the legal implications of writing about others, […]

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It’s Time to Get Meta….

It’s depressing to see how much YouTube and BuzzFeed items I repost or reblog get looked at and how little anyone looks at my original material. Currently my highest number of views is 89 and that on a day I posted about an article on LinkedIn “Class of 2013: Four Things You Must Unlearn Immediately […]

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One Way to Motivate Yourself to Write

Things I Carry: The Thumb Drive That Keeps Me Working and Worrying This author and columnist has a decidedly “low tech” method of motivating himself to write more.

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Writing Subjects & Blogging Styles

Do you ever get the feeling that someone, somewhere has written about what you’re about to write about and then found confirmation of that fact? I have gotten this a lot the few times I’ve sat down and tried to come up with a good idea for a work of fiction. My passion is science fiction and […]

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In defense of purposeless writing

Originally posted on bottledworder:
I have been wondering, like many a scattered soul on the blogosphere, about what it might mean to write aimlessly. By aimlessly I mean to write without a specific purpose such as to sell, to build a resume, to add to a larger work, or to vent. When I browse posts…

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Structured Versus Unstructured Writing & Other Thoughts on the Writing Process

How much structure does one need to write something? I suspect it varies from person to person and from project to project. In my case for this blog, I generally gather ideas in notes on EverNote, usually in point form. When I judge I have enough to create a decent post I write from this […]

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Killing the Myth of Speed Equalling Poor Writing

Killing the Myth of Speed Equalling Poor Writing Apparently writing 250 words per day works out to around 90000 words a year which is an average paperback novel. Writing 250 words takes about 15 minutes so you could be a novel a year author by writing 15 minutes a day. It’s probably an oversimplification or at least […]

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