The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote from Stephen King might be helpful to you, too.
What aspect of writing are you struggling with today? Let me know in the comments below and have fun turning the monsters loose on your characters.
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Writing prompts are like sea shells…they’re scattered around every beach in abundance but you only pick up a few. At least that’s what most people tend to think. But here’s the problem: not all writing prompts are valuable writing prompts. So, it doesn’t matter how many seashells are scattered around your path – if […]
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This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better.
Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!!
…OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂
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Yesterday was the last day of a thing we rarely see in the UK: a Bank Holiday Weekend. We generally get two in May and one in August. That’s it! I bet any of you who slave away at a job and have to fit their writing into the edges of the day can […]
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How many writers do you know? If you’re anything like me, probably a few. But how many writers do you know who are also professional about their writing and actually do the work? How many writer do you know who get up earlier (or sleep later) to write to a schedule that ensures they finish […]
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Writing faster has been a major concern for me this weekend. I often feel frustrated at limitations placed on my fiction writing (mainly time, typing speed, and focus). So, this weekend, I have enlisted the help of Cady Vance‘s video taking us through 4 simple steps that can help you write faster today. I managed to quadruple my wordcount for today by focusing on improving focus and planning. Happy writing and if you have any other tips about how to write faster, please make sure to leave a comment so others can benefit from your suggestions, too.
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If you’ve read my fiction samples, you’ll know that what I write is about as far away from pulp fiction as London from Auckland (at least 11,389 miles). Nonetheless, many of my more eccentric ideas have been inspired by the quotes of great pulp fiction movies…mainly quotes from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to be exact. The […]
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