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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

The Rules of Writing

Like all art-forms, writing has rules.  And like all rules about art, they are meant to be broken. First of all, if you’re a beginning writer, follow the rules.  You must learn them before you can break them.  Rules are meant to end in a certain effect.  Once...

#1 Fan

There’s a lot you need to do to successfully write a good book.  One of the biggest challenges, especially for a first-time writer, is just to actually finish the darn story.  To get from the first chapter to the last chapter.  There are a lot of reasons why a...

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...