Category: Dubious Writing Advice

A List of Links: Quick Kills & Real-Time Rejection

Here’s this week’s list of potentially useful links for writers and rejectomancers. 1) I’m always looking for ways to bring more realism to combat scenes in the fantasy fiction I write, and one of my favorite resources is an article from Classical Fencing entitled “The Dubious Quick… Continue Reading “A List of Links: Quick Kills & Real-Time Rejection”

Leaving the Hermitage: Writing & Isolation

Let me start this one with an anecdote. About a month ago, I met some friends I used to work with at restaurant to discuss a Dungeons & Dragons game I’m going to run (yes, I’m really that nerdy).Once everyone had arrived, we started… Continue Reading “Leaving the Hermitage: Writing & Isolation”

The Quotable King: Go to Work

I think Stephen King is a veritable fountain of writerly wisdom, and much of that wisdom has been compiled in his excellent book On Writing. (Yes, I’m gonna plug the book every time.) He also dispenses useful advice (and criticism) in the form of quotes, many… Continue Reading “The Quotable King: Go to Work”

3 Types of Writing Work Days

In general, my writing days fall into three broad categories, which are defined by how quickly and easily I can get to my 2,000-word daily goal. Each day, of course, brings its own rewards and challenges, sometimes heavy on the challenge part. I’m sure the… Continue Reading “3 Types of Writing Work Days”

The Quotable King: Identifying Talent

Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and his book On Writing is, in my opinion, one of the best books on the craft you can buy. I like King’s no-bullshit approach to the subject and his blunt appraisal of what writing is… Continue Reading “The Quotable King: Identifying Talent”

Understanding Point of View: Eliminating Filter Words

Great post by Cecilia Lewis on her blog Lewis Editorial. Filter words are at the top of my post-draft proofing checklist, and I end up revising a fair bit to remove them. Cecilia offers some great advice on getting rid of filter words and why you should want to… Continue Reading “Understanding Point of View: Eliminating Filter Words”

Staying “Accountable” on Big Writing Projects

You gotta have a system. Every writer does. That thing you do to get from point A to point B, hit your deadlines, and hopefully decrease your stress along the way. I have a system, too, and a major part of it involves word… Continue Reading “Staying “Accountable” on Big Writing Projects”

A Short List of Writerly Woes

I was thinking about things writers do to make themselves miserable (well, things that have made me miserable, anyway). So, I came up with a short list of things I have done (or, regrettably, still do) that can be counterproductive to my writing and what I do to avoid them. Anyway, I thought… Continue Reading “A Short List of Writerly Woes”

On Writing – Book Review

Originally posted on The Book Review Directory:
? I recently finished reading, well actually listening to, Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of  the Craft.  Highly recommended for all writers! There’s a lot of conflicting advice about craft books for writers—some think you can’t learn…

Using Real People as #Fictional #Characters – #ArtisticLicense and #TBT

Originally posted on Optimist Superheroes:
Throwback Thursday to John F. Kennedy’s Presidency!  More on him a little later. Artistic License There is a fine line between real people as fictional characters adding an intriguing aspect to a novel versus causing it to crash and burn.  Artistic…

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