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Fiction Writing Rules: The Basics

In Loose Change on July 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

“Any fool can make a rule and every fool will follow it.”
—Henry Thoreau

 


 

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Say… Writing Tip from John Steinbeck, No. 4

In Loose Change on July 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

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4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.


 

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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 4

In Loose Change on July 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.


 

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Say… Writing Tip from John Steinbeck, No. 3

In Loose Change on July 7, 2014 at 9:11 am

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3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.


 

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Tools of the Trade: Proofreading Tim

In Salmagundi on July 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Have errant typos ever slipped unnoticed into your finished, proofed manuscript?

Happens to me all the tim.

 

 


 

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Fiction Writing Tip # 17: The Blivet

In Loose Change on July 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

“The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.”
—Michael Korda, former Editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster

 


 

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