If you watch movies, you know that being a writer is an easy way to make piles and piles of money, so it’s only natural that you want to be a writer. Luckily, you found this post, and by the end of these ten easy steps you’ll be well on your way to becoming the Shakespeare of our time. (read more)
The idea of reliving a scene is to write it better than you did the first time. But if you really want to edit properly and accomplish your goal while reliving the scene, it’s often a good idea to do some brainstorming before you begin to write. (read more)
Do you use brainstorming while working on edits? What other brainstorming and editing tips do you have?
“One of the paradoxes of writing is that when you write non-fiction everyone tries to prove that it’s wrong, and when you publish fiction, everyone tries to see the truth in it.”—Scarlett Thomas (via amandaonwriting)
I hate the word villain. The villain is the bad guy. I like antagonist a lot better, because the antagonist is just the person or thing that opposes the protagonist. A villain is somebody evil. A lot of them are evil enough to be stand-ins for the devil, and unless you’re actually writing a…
I’ve come to realize that my thinking has changed entirely. I no longer dread editing like I used to, and before I write a single word in a new draft, I go in with a completely new mindset: I go in knowing that my first draft is just a first draft. That I have many edits ahead, and things can only get better from here. That this first draft is mine. (read more)
What do you think—does your mindset really affect your writing? How so?
1. Thick Skin. If you care what other people think, or it bothers you if someone does not like something about you … then do not be a writer. The critics are going to tear your work to shreds, readers will do the same. I promise you not everyone will like what you’ve written. And, in no uncertain…
“Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.”—Anne Lamott (via hugmetilyoudrugmehoney)
“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.”—J.K. Rowling (via amandaonwriting)
“I like that every page in every book can have a gem on it. It’s probably what I love most about writing—that words can be used in a way that’s like a child playing in a sandpit, rearranging things, swapping them around. They’re the best moments in a day of writing — when an image appears that you didn’t know would be there when you started work in the morning.”—Markus Zusak (via amandaonwriting)
Can we settle an important question? How do you pronounce your last name?
It is Row-ling. As in rolling pin. (mimics rolling action)
So if any of you hear someone pronounce her name "Rohw-ling", you have my permission to hit them over the head with -- not with Order of the Phoenix, that would be cruel. Something smaller, like a fridge.
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”—Carl R. Rogers (via creatingaquietmind)
“There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn’t because the book is not there and worth being written — it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.”—Mark Twain (via writersrelief)
Let’s face it — very rarely do we as readers or writers want our characters to lose, particularly when that character is the protagonist or otherwise well liked. But allowing our characters to fail time and time again is an essential part of both plot progression and character development that writers should be careful not to overlook. (read more)
Do you allow your characters to fail often? What other advantages do characters failures have?
“I use this love-list as a touchstone to remind myself during the hard times why my story is worthwhile. It’s easy to forget the GOOD STUFF when I’m wading through the muck, and the end is still months away, and it feels pointless and hopeless to continue. This list becomes a crucial reminder: Yes! This is a story worth telling! If I saw this sitting on a shelf, I would want to read it!
Making a love-list also serves a second—and perhaps even more important—purpose. By taking conscious note of the things that I love about my story, I have a handy guideline during the revision process about what ideas I should be building up (this good stuff, of course) and what I should be slimming down or cutting entirely, a.k.a. the stuff that didn’t make the list. (Like, oh, that depressing sub-plot about the protagonist’s brother’s junk habit.)”
-Stephanie Perkins’ excellent writing advice for getting through Works In Progress (via Natalie Whipple’s blog)
“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.”—John Steinbeck (via amandaonwriting)
“In the end — and I mean this 100% — what matters is what you think of your book. Don’t get me wrong, this can change based on the intelligent commentary of others. Speaking personally, criticism by others has absolutely helped me to see my own books more clearly, in all their flaws. But don’t forget that some of the people who express reactions to your books will actually be judging a green triangle as if it is a failed attempt at a yellow square. Those criticisms hurt, but they’re not actually relevant to your process. It’s safe to let them go. - Kristin Cashore”—Advice to New Writers: Green Triangles Should Be Both Triangular and Green / An excellent post from Kristin Cashore (whose blogging I love almost as much as her books). (via gwendabond)