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Quotation of the Week:

'It’s not plagiarism — I’m recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do.' ~Uniek Swain

Originality

I think today there is a great emphasis on originality.  A writer is pressured to make sure their work is entirely original and fresh, with nothing copied or borrowed from anywhere else; dare I say nothing inspired by anything else?  Perhaps it’s just me, but it...

Character Character

Right off the bat, it’s important to give your character, well, character.  Give them little quirks and habits to make them more realistic.  You know, like pushing their hair behind their ear when they’re nervous, or pushing their glasses up the bridge of...

Your Thoughts?

According to Saul Bellow, ‘You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.’  Do you agree?  Disagree?  And is it just me, or do the best writing ideas come after you’ve gone to bed and are trying to...

Adverbs: Use Wisely

You may notice that this week’s quotation is: “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”  I like using adverbs like a machine gun: I just spray-fire them all over the page.  But they’re really more like sniper rifles: one quick, powerful shot...

October 7 (Tuesday)

I know it’s been quite a long time since I posted anything; things here at college are crazy.  But just recently I started going to a Creative Writer’s Group here on campus, and now that I’ve experienced one, I can say that I highly recommend it.  If...

Shut Up To Speak

Narration is a delicate balance of telling the story and letting the story tell itself.  Whenever possible, let the story speak for itself.  If what your character is thinking, feeling, or saying is not clear enough, you’re doing it wrong.  If it is, then you...