Archive for the 'Humor' Category
Guest on Aug 17 2014 | Filed under: Health, Humor, Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
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Today’s guest is Renee Swindle, the author of newly released A Pinch Of Ooh La La and Shake Down The Stars (NAL/Penguin). Her first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine bestseller. Renee has an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. An admitted tea snob, Renee lives in Oakland with three rescue dogs and three cats—“Yep, six animals and me,” says Renee.
Dish magazine says, “Swindle has a way of making [...]
Bill Ferris on Aug 16 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor
Archetypes are time-tested character types from which hundreds of your favorite characters are drawn. Harry Potter. Ishmael. General Woundwort. All of these are based on classic archetypes that I’m too lazy to look up but I’m pretty sure have origins that date back thousands of years. Here are the six character archetypes you need to put in your novel to create your own classic characters.
The person your reader will follow around for a few hundred pages. His sword: sharp. [...]
Keith Cronin on Aug 12 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, CRAFT, Humor, Inspirations, Uncategorized
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
~ Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
Most readers and writers agree: the most memorable part of a story is usually not the plot, but the characters. It follows that as writers, we need to know our characters very well. And if we do our jobs, by the end of the book the reader will know our characters very well, too.
But something I haven’t [...]
Julia Munroe Martin on Aug 09 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor, Writing life
There’s this guy. He’s an adrenaline junkie. The woman’s a massage therapist. They meet and… and… and… well of course they fall in love. That’s a given. But it won’t last (or will it?). And then there’s something about traveling from Montana to Maine and jumping out of a million airplanes. His name’s Elias… no J.P., and hers is Ellie. No. Allison. And of course they both have secrets—his involves feeling responsible for someone’s death, maybe an ex-lover. [...]
Guest on Aug 03 2014 | Filed under: Business, Humor, REAL WORLD, Writing life
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Today’s guest is Elizabeth Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, Amazon Best Debut of the Month, a Kirkus Best Book of the Summer, Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year, Oprah “Ten Books to Pick up Now,” and selection for the Target Emerging Author Series.
Elizabeth’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Review, The Millions, and others. A graduate of the [...]
Tom Bentley on Jul 22 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor
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A few weeks ago, I was in a pre-boarding airport line in Atlanta, to take a plane bound for Key West. Ahead of me in line was a group of people: two thirtyish men and a fiftyish couple. From their appearances, and the way they were all bantering in close quarters, I guessed that the men were the sons of the couple. The bantering was very loud, sauced with [...]
Bill Ferris on Jul 19 2014 | Filed under: Humor, INSIDE PUBLISHING, Writing life
The complexities of the publishing industry can confuse new and aspiring writers. Inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, I present this handy lexicon to
show you all the terms you need to know as you start your literary career.
#amwriting (slang): Twitter hashtag that signals the arrival of a context-free non-sequitur. Designed to make the activity of sitting in front of a computer sound interesting.
Advance (n.): a sum of money offered to a writer prior to publication; invariably smaller than the advance given [...]
Keith Cronin on Jul 08 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, CRAFT, Genre, Humor, Inspirations, Interviews, REAL WORLD, Uncategorized, Writing life
Unlike many people I know, I’ve never wanted to write the story of my life. And I’ve come to belatedly believe that this lack of autobiographic desire on my part has affected my fiction writing, and not necessarily for the best.
I say “belatedly” because I’ve been writing fiction for close to 15 years, but only a few years ago did I start to readjust what I now see as a rather closed and negative mindset I’d been maintaining.
In the past, [...]
John Vorhaus on Jun 26 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor, Uncategorized
For the several years that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve tried to keep my whimsy in check and stay focused on the goal of helping you advance your craft and live your writer’s life. But every now and then, as you know, my whimsy bursts through like a hernia in the body of my work and all sorts of nonsense spews forth. This would be one of those times, for I’ve just been sorting through a trove of more [...]
Bill Ferris on Jun 21 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor
Look, I don’t want to imply there’s anything wrong with your book. I’m just saying that if your first draft was a masterpiece, your second draft will be like Wuthering Heights and The Brothers Karamazov glued together. Here’s how you can turn your hunk of clay of a first draft into the Mona Lisa.
Buy a blue pencil. You’ll need it to write down the snacks you’ll wanna buy for your next editing session.
Print two hard copies of the manuscript. The [...]
Julia Munroe Martin on Jun 14 2014 | Filed under: Humor, Notes from a Desk, Writing life
When I first started writing fiction, I’d freely share the specifics of whatever story I was writing.
But then…after I’d tell someone about my latest greatest idea, it would jinx me. No, I don’t mean it literally, but inevitably if I told someone what I was writing, I’d stop. Either the person would say something that deterred me—like she or he had just read a book exactly like the one I was writing—or when I said the idea out loud [...]
Keith Cronin on Jun 10 2014 | Filed under: Business, Humor, INSIDE PUBLISHING, REAL WORLD, Uncategorized
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I’m going to risk pissing some people off today, but I’ve been watching the ongoing Amazon/Hachette drama recently, and I [...]