By M.J. Bush
Feeling lost and haunted by wordcounts unmet?
Or wishing NaNo was your thing in the first place?
I see you.
There’s hope. Writing doesn’t need a strict timeline to happen. There doesn’t have to be some grand “starting day” for words to start hitting the page, and there certainly doesn’t have to be a designated month when writing happens.
Your story can still get written.
I’m calling it. It’s time, right now, to stop concentrating on the past and start thinking about your story.
Maybe that sounds impossible. You’ve been trying all month to just think about the story, but too much thinking and the wordcount doesn’t get met, or you just end up seeing everything that’s wrong with what you’ve already written. And you’re beyond frustrated.
Yep, I see you.
You need a quick, invigorating shower in the words of those who have gone before.
So get ready to snap your head back into writing-readiness with the advice and encouragement of authors, editors, and agents.
17 minutes, and you’ll be raring to write again.
Read the full article at Writing Geekery.
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Good fuel for stories, whether there’s any truth to them or not!
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By C.A. King
One might expect writing a short story to be an easy task in comparison to penning a full sized novel. The age old saying, ‘not everything is as it appears’ definitely applies here. The short story is actually one of the most difficult literary genres for an author to find success.
Read the full article at Books & Quills Magazine.
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By Roberto Minto
In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Spare, which harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.
Read the full article at New Republic.
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By Icy Sedgwick
Think of Death for a moment.
Did you picture a tall guy in a hood with a scythe? Or Neil Gaiman’s funky Siouxsie Sioux character from The Sandman? Or was it a more sombre abstract notion of pain and loss?
Death can be, and is, all of these things, and much more. But it can also be a tremendous way to add dimension to your storytelling.
So I want you to visit a graveyard.
Read the full article at IcySedgwick.com.
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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge, the Grand Mistresses of Genre Fiction Challenge, and the High Fantasy Challenge. My reading pace has slowed as writing deadlines have piled up on me. Writing is a bit of a feeding […]
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It’s the latest trend in all the spec fic magazines. Flash fiction! Write a short story that’s anywhere from a hundred words to the upper limit of a thousand words or less. Check it out! More stories in one issue! Isn’t that spectacular? Except that it isn’t. It’s really a scam by magazine publishers. It’s […]
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