WRITER’S TIPS

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HOW TO CONQUER SELF DOUBT AND JUST WRITE

There’s a monster hiding under my desk. He lurks there, waiting for the right moment to attack. He’s an ugly little bastard, too. I have a lot of names for him, but for the sake of not overusing profanity in this blog, I’ll call him by his real name, Self-Doubt. Most of you might think that … Continue reading

TEJU COLE’S 20+ RULES ON WRITING

Eight Letters to a Young Writer evolved as a fictional exercise addressed by Teju Cole to an imaginary young Nigerian writer. With the encouragement of Molara Wood, the editor of the series, Cole tried to move from discussions of simple writing precepts to more complex things like voice and calling. Those pieces, first published on the … Continue reading

BEST OPENING POETRY LINES

Everyone has their personal list of best opening poetry lines–or at least, everyone should have their list of favorite opening lines. While the first line of a poem isn’t the most important for the whole poem to work, it can often guide whether a reader keeps reading through to the end. Here are some of … Continue reading

17 SCHOOL WRITING RULES YOU NEED TO UNLEARN IN THE REAL WORLD

  We have some good news for English class haters: some of the rules your teachers drilled into your brain are absolute hooey in the real world. Who really says “an historic”? And personally, we love starting sentences with “but,” “and,” and “or.” Read on as we explore these and 15 other school writing rules … Continue reading

WRITERS’ CODE OF ETHICS

Lots of controversy on the internet concerning writers lately. It’s time for… THE WRITERS’ CODE OF ETHICS 1. I will never pay people to write positive reviews of my books. 2. I will never use a false account (aka a sock puppet or anonymous account) to leave negative reviews of any of my peers. 3. I will … Continue reading

THE FICTION DESK: SEARCH FOR NEW FICTION WRITERS

At The Fiction Desk, we’re committed to keeping the door open for new writers, and we aim to source at least a third of the content of our publications from unsolicited submissions. How to submit At the moment, we’re only accepting submissions through our online submission form. This helps us keep track of all of … Continue reading

SHOWING AND TELLING IN GENRE FICTION

A guest post by author and scholar Jeremy Weate discusses the difference between the writing techniques of “Showing” and “Telling,” and more importantly, when to use them to their best effect. One of the staples of creative writing courses is to introduce writers to the distinction between ‘showing’ and ‘telling’. Depending on the teacher and … Continue reading

QUESTIONS TO ASK (& STRENGTHEN) YOUR MINOR CHARACTERS

Supporting characters better our understanding of the main character and the circumstances she finds herself in, whether long-term (I need to solve this homicide case) or short-term (I need a ham sandwich). And if your supporting characters aren’t working toward an understanding of the main character or situation in some way, you might ask yourself … Continue reading