You don't have to be a gun expert to write about guns. In most cases, you're actually better off being as non-specific as possible. Getting into a lot of details about actions and calibers and so on is a sure-fire way to put most of your readers to sleep. When details matter, though, it's important to get them right. Failing to do so can turn readers off to your writing.
We are please to welcome our newest contributor, David Powers King! Character creation is a very enjoyable part of the writing process, not to mention one of the trickier aspects when it comes to honing their voice. Sometimes we are caught up in the trap of having everyone sound the same in spite of outlining … Continue reading Moral Planes: Separating Writers from Characters
It’s my debut year. Deep breaths. A couple months ago there were several twitter threads from veteran writers and writers finishing their debut year. They gave a lot of advice. They also gave a lot of real talk. Some of it was hard to hear. Some of it was inspiring. All of it, led me … Continue reading The Debut Author Pledge
We are delighted to welcome our newest contributor, Veeda Bybee! In a TED talk given last June, poet, educator and author Kwame Alexander opened his speech referencing a 2013 study by the University of Wisconsin confirming that language has the power to alter our perceptions. Alexander says, "Scientists believe that a single word has the power to … Continue reading Yes.
“Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.” – Homer Simpson. It’s a new year, and that means new goals, new plans, and new resolutions. It’s a time for fresh starts, rededications, and the Rocky soundtrack on a constant loop. It’s also the time of year when everyone writes … Continue reading Resolve to Quit! But if you can’t…
Recently I was talking to my daughter when she brought up how she was asked to do an art piece and how there was a kerfuffle when my daughter brought up payment. It was expected to be done for free because “well, it's just art.” That because it was an artistic endeavor it didn't mean … Continue reading Know Your Value
I would like to call your attention to the following quotes: “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.” … Continue reading The Politics of Women Writing about Women