When you look at your schedule and see that you have Creative Writing, you groan. When you have to do a 2000-word essay for homework, your instinct is to scream in fury. When the teacher comes into the classroom one day, happily announcing that you’ll be doing a writing project, everyone says, ‘Not again!’   Admit it. You’ve done this before. Now before I shower you with guilt, let me

“Where do you get your ideas?” That’s the question every fan has for his or her favorite author. Stephen King, in his book On Writing, says, “There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central…good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere.”   I (mostly) agree with Mr. King. Of course I do. What novice novelist would care to argue with a man who’s published over fifty books?  

Writing Tip 1 How to get anywhere in my writing: Lay out the entire book in a spreadsheet with everything that is going to happen. Personally, I had to do this to organize the many outrageous thoughts/ideas I had already come up with. Brainstorming through wacky ideas with no order can be unorganized to begin with, but it’s important to lay down in stone each chapter one by one until

A book is an egg. It grows within your mind and impresses itself upon you. You do not write the book, the book writes itself. You are merely along for the ride. You do have some say in the growth of your own little universe, however.   The tools you can use to build up a glorious new, and wholly original story, are the same as have been used by

Imagine it’s a smoldering summer afternoon nearing the end of a school day, and you are sitting adjacent to a window, you briefly peer out the window and notice a flock of birds circling a piece of food in the courtyard.   Suddenly, your eyes widen and your thoughts begin racing. You attempt to focus on what the teacher or professor is discussing but ultimately fail. Your hand takes ahold

Good writing is a creative skill because one can use personal experience as a writing topic. Some strategies used in writing include questioning, note taking, focusing and free writing.   Writing is the world of a good writer because at the end of it, there has to be a practical application either in fiction or non fiction.   NOTE TAKING Although one may have a writing idea from their own

It’s a tired cliché but I’ll break an immutable law of good writing and use it anyway: writing a book is like having a baby. I should know. I’ve done both. It might be more accurate to say that writing a book is like being in labor every, single day because pregnancy is mostly a passive state.   Writing a book, on the other hand, requires one to bear down

No, I may be a bit mad but I don’t think I’m not a full blown schizophrenic. However, only another writer who has been visited by the muses will understand that what we put to paper is not wholly of our own design but rather a collaboration with the muses whose words we are sometimes privileged to hear and record.   Take the setting of my novel. I sit down

I’d rather be dead than to go a day without emptying my ideas onto paper. —Anna Glazebrook.   Good writing is writing that comes from one’s own personal experiences, heart, and imagination. Writing is not one skill that comes naturally, but a skill that must be worked on again and again to achieve excellency. Without full dedication, determination and words that come from the soul, the writing scripted onto a

One of the most common questions for authors is the one beginning with “How?” And while the question of “How do I write a book?” has many, many subsets to it, including questions about how to write features like characters, settings, conflicts, subplots, subtext, and relationships, the more holistic aspect of the larger question is more interesting to me personally.   Certainly the answer to the question is more interesting

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