Writing tips

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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

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND GREAT WRITING?

A good piece of writing holds your attention. It flows smoothly and everything makes sense. It’s interesting and a pleasure to read. Great writing, on the other hand, doesn’t just hold your attention; it commands your attention. You become lost in it. You can’t put it down, and when you do, you want to read … 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

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

FLASH FICTION: ‘INTENSE, URGENT AND A LITTLE EXPLOSIVE’

Flash fiction – very short, bite-sized stories – has become the favourite form of many writers. It’s succinct, punchy and effective – perfect for the online reader and perfectly in synch with the times, writes DECLAN BURKE LESS HAS always been more in the writing of fiction, but “flash fiction” takes the concept to a … Continue reading

MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE ON TWITTER

Written by Robert Kroese Let me say first of all that I’m not a Twitter expert. However, I have had some success using Twitter over the past two years to promote my books, and I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of what I’ve learned about the do’s and don’ts of … Continue reading

RULES FOR WRITING – BY COLSON WHITEHEAD

The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now.   Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns … Continue reading