If you haven’t read Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, it isn’t too late to buy it for yourself as a Christmas gift. In it, he observes that he gets a lot of questions about writing…. Read moreHow to Put Some Sparkle in Your Prose
When I first decided I wanted to make a career out of writing books, I subscribed to Writer’s Digest magazine because I thought it might help me become a better writer. While the articles about such things as plotting and… Read moreEight Writers on Writing
November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, billed as “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” by the folks who dreamed it up and organize the month-long event each year. They also call it a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to… Read moreWriting Your Novel in Thirty Days
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” William Faulkner said that, and it’s one of my favorite quotes about writing. I’ve been writing books for more than thirty years. Besides my… Read moreThe Runaway Muse
That’s what I was thinking as I sat down at my Smith Corona portable typewriter back in 1979 and started writing my first novel. I had, after all, gained a lot of experience reading novels – everything from James Clavell… Read moreNovel Writing – How Hard Can It Be?
When I first started helping other writers more than twenty years ago, I thought I knew everything there was to know about writing a novel. For example, I thought I knew the absolute right way to develop a solid plot…. Read moreWho’s the Boss – You or the Plot?