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booksdirect:

"Seven Steps to the Perfect Story."

Writing tips for the perfect story

PSA: I say really stupid things when I’ve had too much coffee

… and today was a double shot of espresso kind of day

Ten rules for writing fiction 

Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts

Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.

Words of great wisdom on strong female characters~ by madlori (via laughingskeleton)

(Source: iwantwhatheswearing)

Mosaic novel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

A mosaic novel is a novel in which individual chapters or short stories share a common setting or set of characters with the aim of telling a linear story from beginning to end, with the individual chapters, however, refracting a plurality of viewpoints and styles.

In a longish life as a professional writer, I have heard a thousand masterpieces talked out over bars, restaurant tables and love seats. I have never seen one of them in print. Books must be written, not talked.

Morris L. West

This sentence has five words. 

mh-yc:

totheready:

sweethesound:

This sentence has five words.

Here are five more words.

Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.

Now listen.

I vary the sentence length, and I create music.

Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony.

I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length.

And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this:

it is important.

As One Does

Sarah Rees Brennan:
What's the name of that big river in NY?
Me:
The Hudson.
Sarah:
Excellent. I'm putting a body in it.
Anyone who's not a writer:
o.O
PS:
Follow Sarah at: http://sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com/
Aw, Beth is so sweet. (See her tumblr I am reblogging.) In the pool today we were plotting her book. It's gonna have a ROGUE in it. Moral bankruptcy and crime, a writer's life!

(Source: superstitionrev)

Start typing that. Sometimes, a simple the simple rhythm of typing gets us through from page one to page two. When you begin to feel your own words,start typing them.

William Forrester, Finding Forrester (via permenantheadamage)

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