Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

It's as if she was inside my own head...I've always felt this way, and to date, I've yet to write in first person (other than personal essays, of course). Perhaps it's time I try! Happy January, SEers! Mae here, with my first post of the New Year, and I’m glad to have you with me. … Continue reading Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

I love this--just when you think you've read enough about "show, don't tell," something like this comes along...I'm a sucker for concrete examples. One of the first pieces of advice most writers have beaten into them is “Show don’t tell.” The reason this advice is hammered home so hard is because it is, in fact, … Continue reading What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one."--Stephen King, On Writing

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force...Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Even after a thousand pages we don't want to leave the world the writer has made for us, or the make-believe people who live there...The Rings trilogy of J. R. R. Tolkien is a perfect example of this."--Stephen King, On Writing

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and your shitty first draft."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"The more fiction you read and write, the more you'll find your paragraphs forming on their own. And that's what you want. When composing it's best not to think too much about where paragraphs begin and end; the trick is to let nature take its course. If you don't like it later on, fix it … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"What I've learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head...Left to its own devices, my mind spends much of its time having conversations with people who aren't there. I walk along defending myself to people, or exchanging repartee with them, or … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017