On Writing, Wattpad

Posting a Story on Wattpad

I am beginning a new blog series discussing my experience on Wattpad. If any of you are using the social writing and reading site, I would love to dialogue about it. If you are new to Wattpad, it is a website where thousands upon thousands of writers post stories or novels, typically serially, for free… Continue reading Posting a Story on Wattpad

On Writing

Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)

It has been a while since I've written. For a number of reasons, but largely because I have been busy and I have been stuck. I know, I know. The age-old excuses. But they plague us all, don't they? I work full time and I am a full time graduate student. So time is tight.… Continue reading Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)

On Writing

Finding a Writer’s Voice

My earliest memories of writing are from grade school, tracing the forms of letters on perforated outlines before graduating to attempt them freehand; then, on to short sentences -- See Dick Run sorts of things. At the time, penmanship was still a virtue, and we students had uncomfortable little rubber insets on our pencils to… Continue reading Finding a Writer’s Voice

On Writing

Writing Entertainingly (Edgar Rice Burroughs on telling interesting stories)

Time for another writerly quote. I wrote a post recently on Literary fiction versus Pop Fiction, and the issue I have with "literary" folks who put down widely read works, so this quote struck home with some things I've been thinking about lately: I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I… Continue reading Writing Entertainingly (Edgar Rice Burroughs on telling interesting stories)

On Writing

Beginning with the End of the Story in Mind

E. L. Doctorow compared writing to driving. You know where your destination is, but you can only see as far as your headlights. At first I thought this promoted flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing. But I don't really think it is. I think it is true we can't always see how things are going to come together as… Continue reading Beginning with the End of the Story in Mind

On Writing

“Literary” versus Fiction that Sells

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I hate it when "literary" folks bash popularized works of fiction and the writers of popular fiction. What is popular fiction? I would call it fiction that sells. There are works that are deemed literary that might fall in to that category. Cormac McCarthy sells… Continue reading “Literary” versus Fiction that Sells

On Writing

George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)

It is Friday, and so it is time for a quote from a famous writer. There are people on both sides of the outlining approach to writing. George R.R. Martin describes it this way: I've always said there are – to oversimplify it – two kinds of writers. There are architects and gardeners. The architects… Continue reading George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)

Book Reviews, On Writing

Why “A Wrinkle in Time” was merely OKAY (a review of a classic)

Now I know that this is a classic, and classics are classics for a reason, I suppose, and can sometimes be held above reproach. I am not one of those people. There are classics I love and classics I hate. If you have stumbled upon this review and believe classics to be above reproach, then… Continue reading Why “A Wrinkle in Time” was merely OKAY (a review of a classic)

On Writing

Creating a Story with Inherent Conflict and Memorable Settings (Worldbuilding — Part 3)

In my last worldbuilding post, I used the example of a gallows in the town square, and talked about how pointed details can accomplish much more in establishing the setting of your story than pages of gratuitous details. Not only does that gallows set a tone quickly, but it is a function in the story… Continue reading Creating a Story with Inherent Conflict and Memorable Settings (Worldbuilding — Part 3)

On Writing

Why Writers Write

Probably the best way to learn how to write better is by listening to writers, or reading stories they wrote. So I've decided to start a new weekly post with writing advice from other writers who have things mostly figured out. At any rate, a lot of people read their work. Here is the first:… Continue reading Why Writers Write