The usual answer is: start a journal. It’s a good way to simply let you mind wander while you get back into the creative stream of writing. I’ve never had a journal. Tried it several times and it never worked for me. In fact, I hated it. For me, simply taking a walk does the… Continue reading I’d like to start writing more. I used to be rather creative but it has been a long time. What is a good way to start being creative and writing prose again?
Writers come from all kinds of backgrounds and many different levels of education. Those things aren’t what make a writer good or bad. The ability to clearly communicate a thought or idea and to take the reader from the real world into the world of the writer’s imagination is what makes a good writer. I… Continue reading Does writing a novel or other book come naturally for some people, or do most good writers have a college education and hence have learned how to write well?
Sure it’s okay to switch POV in a story. There are all kinds of rules telling writers how to do it. ‘Keep the same POV for an entire chapter.’ ‘Keep the same POV for an entire scene.’ And so on. Lots of rules and they all try to keep the reader from being confused as… Continue reading Is it OK to switch POV in a story?
There’s something in writing called ‘the rule of three.’ It goes like this: Few writers are good enough and few readers perceptive enough to keep track of more than three characters at a time. So if you have more than that — especially if you have a large cast of characters — group them into… Continue reading Are there any tips on writing a very large cast of characters, all with unique and rounded personalities?
I’m no expert on wine, but of course you know that fine wine just gets better with age (kind of like me, as I like to remind everyone I know!) Nobody orders the freshest wine or the latest vintage, because it takes time for great wine to develop; It didn’t start great. It reminds me… Continue reading Fine Wine and Writing
There is a craft to writing short fiction: Learn how to put a story together. Take a class, read a book, do whatever it takes to learn the craft of telling a short story. Pretend that the story really happened. It should seem real to the reader, so it should also seem real as it… Continue reading What are tips you would share with someone wanting to write a fictional story?
Only in that it might make you think about the question and the answer as it relates to you and to your style of writing. Because every kind of writing is different from every other kind of writing. So learning to write answers to questions is a different skill than writing novels.
The biggest secret is that there’s no secret at all. It’s just work, work, work and write, write, write and read, read, read. Then stop and look at what you just did. And repeat until someone says you’re a really good writer. Then you still repeat ad infinitum.
There are cliches and there are archetypes. Cliches are bad. Archetypes are good. Both are the same thing. They are characters, subjects, places, or whatever you are writing about, that are familiar enough to your readers that they recognize them easily as people, things, places or whatever that they already know. The difference between… Continue reading How can I write the opening of my novel without it seeming cliche?
This question opens up a can of worms! Writing is the easy part, getting published is waaaaay more difficult! But there are some steps to follow that will get you there. 1. But there are books and blogs and articles out there telling you what to do. I’m not sure how helpful they are but… Continue reading How do I get a first novel published?