Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders – Roman Payne Continue reading On Writing: Roman Payne
The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive. –Youtube Blurb Continue reading How To Write Fiction That Comes Alive?
Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does. ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? So, I read a lot of Seth Godin’s writing lately. Admittedly this had more to do with my job rather than my writing. Seth writes extensively about being indispensable in the workplace (yuk, yuk, I know). But for those of us … Continue reading Why Your Writing is a Gift – even if you charge for it
I am currently a tiny bit obsessed with the Shannara Chronicles and found this entertaining and insightful TEDx Talk by Terry Brooks about how to write plausible fantasy that doesn’t shy away from discussing weighty issues. Let me know what you think about this in the comments below. Continue reading Writing About Elves: Terry Brooks On Putting Weight Behind Your Fantasy
How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious … Continue reading The Mystery of Storytelling: Advice From a Literary Agent (Julian Friedmann)
And books, they offer one hope — that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved. Anne Rice, Blackwood Farm Continue reading On Books: Anne Rice