Archives for Craft

You Can’t Write Well Without Writing A Lot

“If you want to write, practice writing. Practice it for hours a day, not to come up with a story you can publish but because you long to learn how to write well, because there is something that you alone can say. Write the story, learn from it, put it away, write another story.” – […]

Where To Find The World’s Greatest Writing Teachers

…but for the average working/studying/parenting/pulled-in-fifteen-directions aspiring writer, who will inspire us? Who will teach us our trade? Who will be our mentors?

Writing Flash Fiction Gems – Small, Precious, and Slower Than You’d Think

  What Is Flash Fiction? There are, of course, as many definitions of Flash Fiction as there are writers. Length: The closest point of consensus I could find is that Flash Fiction ought to be not more than 1000 words. (One journal points out that, in China, this fiction is described as a story you […]

[Tuesday Reading Room] The Door by E. B. White

After reading the first few lines of “The Door” by E. B. White 1 my immediate feeling was one of outrage: here I am reading a story by the author of a book that has generations of writers in terror of writing something the ‘wrong’ way (The Elements of Style by Strunk & White), and it’s […]

Tuesday Reading Room – Live From The Continuing Explosion by Simon Kewin

This week’s story is “Live From The Continuing Explosion”, taken from Perfect Circles, a collection of previously-published short stories by Simon Kewin. (Full disclosure, Simon is a former StoryADay participant and co-founder of  Write1Sub1, a year long writing and publishing challenge that I highly recommend you check out. The new collection is available on Kindle […]

Writing With Confidence – Imagine The Perfect Reader

When you write, if it is to be any good at all, you must feel free, free and not anxious. -Brenda Ueland “If You Want To Write” Some of my best writing, before I started to concentrate on my fiction again, was done in hand-written letters to my childhood friend, Linda. She is witty and […]

Have Fun Storming The Castle – Writing Lessons From The Princess Bride

Writing and crafting a good story is hard work. But there is joy in it too. Otherwise what would be the point? I was reminded of this when quoting one of my favourite lines from the movie, The Princess Bride. The heroes are off to take on bad guys. The odds are against them and […]

Get your story publication-ready with the StoryADay Editing & Revision Seminar

I’m excited to announce our very first free, live teleseminar coming up this Friday. StoryADay May is all about a creative splurge: massive amounts of writing, experimentation and fun. With any luck we all came out with a handful of stories that surprised us: they were really quite good and maybe there were some that […]

Grammar Resources for Writers

Later this week I’m running a teleseminar on Editing and Revising for Short Story Writers (You can find out more by signing up here) This seminar won’t be a grammar lesson because I’ve noticed that most of the writers around here are, well, pretty good writers. But, in case you need a little help, or […]

What Readers Say To Writers

I posted a casual question to my Twitter network about whether or not I should struggle on, reading a book I wasn’t enjoying. The answers turned out to be a valuable lesson for anyone writing a book. Reading between the lines, I saw that most people have a set of definite and personal rules about […]

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