Tag Archive 'advice for writers'
Dave King on Aug 19 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Inspirations, Uncategorized
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This delightful word was originally coined in the fifties to describe deliberately confusing bureaucratic jargon. Since then, science fiction writers have co-opted the term for the scientific background you feed your readers to explain the ways in which your world differs from reality. It’s the bafflegab that persuades your readers to suspend disbelief.
It’s most often used in science fiction, of course, but other genres use bafflegab as well. Fantasy novels require a magic that behaves according [...]
Guest on Aug 17 2014 | Filed under: Health, Humor, Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Jenny Downing on Flickr’s Creative Commons
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 [...]
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. [...]
Donald Maass on Aug 06 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT
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When I was little I hated tomatoes. Not tomato sauce, mind you. When my mother made spaghetti I’d eat three helpings. After dinner I’d lie on the couch, clutch my belly and groan. But actual tomatoes, sliced on a sandwich? Bleech! Go figure. I was a kid.
This tomato aversion persisted into adulthood. Then one day I was visiting a client and his wife at their home in the Catskill Mountains. They’d bought garden tomatoes, still [...]
Guest on Aug 03 2014 | Filed under: Business, Humor, REAL WORLD, Writing life
Photo credit: Torbus (Flickr CC)
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 [...]
Guest on Aug 02 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Flickr’s See-ming Lee 李思明
Today’s guest is Maryann Reid, award-winning author and TV/radio social commentator. Maryann has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience. In addition, she is a popular guest lecturer at colleges—where she has taught writing and business skills to groups who want to lead their ideal life on their own terms. Maryann has been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Oprah.com, and NBC [...]
Elisabeth Weed on Aug 01 2014 | Filed under: Agents, Business, INSIDE PUBLISHING, Marketing
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When I chatted with Teri a few months ago about this post, I wanted to tackle the question of money and advances and marketing dollars. I was feeling frustrated that certain publishers continued to make seven figure offers on debuts which no doubt continued to take the wind out of the sales of every other book placed in the same publishing season as said book. Why put all your eggs in one basket? Clearly you [...]
Guest on Jul 20 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Genre, Inspirations, Writing life
QQ Li (Flickr Creative Commons)
Please welcome Laura K. Cowan to Writer Unboxed. Laura writes imaginative stories that explore the connections between the spiritual and natural worlds. Laura’s debut novel The Little Seer was a Top 5 Kindle Bestseller for free titles in Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural, and it was hailed by reviewers and readers as “riveting” as well as “moving and lyrical.” Her second novel, a redemptive ghost story titled Music of Sacred Lakes, and her first short story [...]
Dave King on Jul 15 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Uncategorized
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Newton’s Third Law of Writing
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Take a look at this passage from a workshop submission. It’s set in the depths of the depression. Mary Ruth and her family have just moved into a poor neighborhood, and she’s out walking past a home where two vicious dogs are tied outside:
Mary Ruth slowed when she noticed a third rope tied around an old, leaning tree on the [...]
Guest on Jul 06 2014 | Filed under: INSIDE PUBLISHING, Inspirations
“Emergence” by Alice Popkorn (Flickr)
Today’s guest is Lorin Oberweger. Lorin has been an independent editor and story development coach for almost twenty years, and her company Free Expressions also offers some of the country’s most highly regarded writing workshops. Lorin and New York Times Bestselling Author Veronica Rossi—writing together as Noelle August—are launching their new adult trilogy this month, beginning with the novel Boomerang. Says Lorin, “Noelle August is an anagram for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Just kidding, it’s [...]
Donald Maass on Jul 02 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT
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Imagine you’re having a holiday dinner at home. A tablecloth is spread. Silverware is laid. All is perfect until you knock over a glass of red wine. What happens? Quickly you spread open a white table napkin and drop it over the spill. The puddle of wine seeps through.
The tablecloth is now, in a way, a memory. The napkin is a map of the little lake of wine. The wine is infused in both. [...]
Guest on Jun 24 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, Writing life
By Atos, Flickr Creative Commons
Our guest today is Marybeth Whalen, author of five novels. The newest one The Bridge Tender releases this month and brings readers back to Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Marybeth is the cofounder of the popular site, She Reads.
I am passionate about the craft of writing and encouraging other writers in that craft.
She and her husband Curt have been married for twenty-two years and are the parents of six children—ranging in age from college to elementary [...]