Posts Tagged ‘short story’

Fiction Writing Tip: Read, Little F*ckers.

In Loose Change on April 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

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


 

For What It’s Worth: Writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 7

In Loose Change on July 24, 2015 at 6:02 am

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7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.


 

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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 6

In Loose Change on June 19, 2015 at 5:50 am

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6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.


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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 5

In Loose Change on June 8, 2015 at 6:38 am

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5. Start as close to the end as possible.


 

The Writing Life: Antisocial (Media) #1 — Like Me

In Loose Change on October 9, 2014 at 5:59 am

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
―David Foster Wallace

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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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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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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 3

In Loose Change on June 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

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3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.


 

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Say… Writing Tip from John Steinbeck, No. 2

In Loose Change on June 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

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2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.


 

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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 2

In Loose Change on June 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.


 

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Say… Writing Tip from John Steinbeck, No. 1

In Loose Change on June 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

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1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.


 

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For What It’s Worth: Writing Tip from Kurt Vonnegut, No. 1

In Loose Change on June 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.


 

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