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Writing Tip # 224: Magic Recipes

In Loose Change on September 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

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“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.”

— John Steinbeck


 

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Say… Writing Tip from John Steinbeck, No. 5

In Loose Change on September 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.


 

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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 8

In Loose Change on September 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

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8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.


 

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Writing Tip # 210: How To and Why Should I?

In Loose Change on September 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different worlds on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
— E. Annie Proulx

 


 

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Fiction Writing: Dealing With Rejection

In Loose Change on September 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

“I have never taken rejection as an obstacle to my writing. It has remained, at times, an obstacle to my publishing.”
—Frederick Busch


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Fiction Writing: Making the Leap

In Loose Change on September 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

“No one decides that we should answer the call of the muse. If you answer the call, that’s your responsibility”
—Wesley Brown

 


 

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