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Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction

It's National Flash Fiction Day on Wednesday – the first one ever – and it's an exciting day for me and many others who specialise in this particular truncated form of prose. A few years ago, I published a book of flash fiction called Sawn-off Tales. But until only a little while before that, I …

21 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Writing: Must-Read Advice for Writers at All Levels

<i>By Robin Black</i><p><i>Offered in the hope of sparing others some of the bumps and bad moments I have experienced over the past thirteen years. . .</i><p>1. …

Is the internet an enemy of writers' creativity?

We have just discovered that George RR Martin uses Wordstar 4.0 running on a DOS machine to write his novels. For those of you born in the age of the internet, DOS is short for the archaic Disk Operating System, and Wordstar is a character-based "early word processor which used unique control-key …

Thank you so much! This method is wonderful, and o...

Thank you so much! This method is wonderful, and of all the methods I've tried before, this one seems to work the best for me!<br>I do have a query that …

My Best Advice On Writing Isn’t From A Book

I have a shelf at home devoted to books about writing. I might even say I have two shelves devoted to those books now. I’ve read most of them, and …

“Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question

Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of their craft. Were they born with an elusive writing gene the …

Screenwriter Tips for Novelists: Writing Dialogue

As a screenwriter, I had no choice but to learn a thing or fifty about writing dialogue. Scripts are 50% dialogue. The other half is physical action. …

Creative Writing

4 Danger Signs To Search For, Before Sending Off Your Novel

Congratulations! Your epic space-opera novel is finished, and you're preparing to fire off your query letters to agents. But even though you've read …

Writing

When We’re Forced to Work Outside Our Own Writing Boxes

I write best in big chunks of time. I need four or five hours together to become fully immersed in the world where my characters live. I don’t know …

Alice Hoffman: Five amazing tips to help you write your novel

<b>Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster/Deborah Feingold)</b><p>Want to write an acclaimed best-seller? Follow these specific sensory tips and it will all be easier<p>Alice Hoffman<p>April 14, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>1. Start with an image, perhaps a full moon, or a girl wearing a hooded sweat shirt running across the …

The Surprising Power of Stories That Are Shorter Than Short Stories

Author Stuart Dybek talks about how to layer meaning into works of "flash fiction."<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more.</b><p>We still don’t have a good …

#BookPublishingTips: Because Publishing a Book Isn't As Easy As You Think

Publishing opens up a multitude of options and questions. People are still confused over the idea of self-publishing, traditional publishing, and …

How To Think Like A Writer

Writing isn't easy. In fact, it can be painfully difficult. Why? Because it's thinking, but on paper. "To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard," said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David McCullough.<p>Many great writers, including Joan Didion and Don DeLillo, have said …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Why Children's Writers Should Write & Publish Short Stories

<b>1. Because it’s fun.</b> If you don’t enjoy writing short stories, then never mind: you probably shouldn’t be doing it. But if you’re avoiding writing …

Ten rules for writing fiction

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts<p><b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If …

Before You Can Write a Good Plot, You Need to Write a Good Place

Author Linn Ulmann makes the case for the importance of here in "Something happened here."<p>Linn Ulmann spent her childhood trailing her famous parents as they traveled the world. As the daughter of director Ingmar Bergman and the actress Liv Ullmann, two legends of 20th-century cinema, her “home” …

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In <b>Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the more dimensional and thoroughly …