On Writing Workshops

I just completed my third writing workshop. It made me want to share something with you. Before I started this little adventure online, I never socialized or involved myself in a writing community. I never belonged to a writer's group, offline or on. I read books and wrote my stories and admired talented authors from … Continue reading On Writing Workshops

#Writing Mechanics: Stephen J Cannell’s Rule Number One

I've wanted to post something about Stephen J. Cannell for a while now. Cannell--you may remember his iconic "Stephen J. Cannell Productions" logo recreated above--produced, created, and wrote many television shows during the eighties and nineties. Shows like The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, and 21 Jump Street, to mention just a few, which, admittedly, entertained my … Continue reading #Writing Mechanics: Stephen J Cannell’s Rule Number One

#Writing Adventures: Neil Gaiman On Writing

A little while ago I wrote a post titled, "Stephen King on Writing the First Draft". It was an interesting post to write because it allowed me to compare my own experience with advice from King. Today I have a video from Gaiman where he talks about writing generally, but he also includes a section … Continue reading #Writing Adventures: Neil Gaiman On Writing

Stephen King’s Advice On Writing the First Draft

I found a lovely new writer's website the other day and it was by accident, as is always the case, because it featured an old article by Stephen King titled: “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”. The article is a bit dated with some of the advice maybe not wholly … Continue reading Stephen King’s Advice On Writing the First Draft

Homemade Dictionary (aka Dietrich’s Great Harem of Words)

I should've done this a long, long time ago. The other day while minding my 20-month-old girl, my thoughts drifted to my current WIP, and I wondered how I could make the most of my limited writing time to get more done. For me one of the things that eats a lot of that time is … Continue reading Homemade Dictionary (aka Dietrich’s Great Harem of Words)

#Writing Adventures: Showing

Every morning when I go through my emails there is one specific email I look forward to reading and that is bestselling author David Farland's Daily Kick in the Pants.  He provides writing advice on anything from finding your writing voice to worldbuilding to reading poetry (or paying attention to any form of art, really) to … Continue reading #Writing Adventures: Showing

#Writing Adventures: Nathan Long Talks About His Writing Process

Staying with the Nathan Long theme this week, here he is talking about the evolution of a novel, from concept through to completion. Watching the video I remembered a post I did a while ago about how Michael Crichton used index-cards to built a story. Nathan's method is somewhat similar. Enjoy!