Putting ideas into words.
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Polished: A Novella Concept Story
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Putting ideas into words is a writer’s greatest thrill. He or she will never pass up the opportunity to weave together strings of words to craft an elaborate storyline, regardless of the form. Songwriting, just like writing prose or poetry, takes the process a few steps further, adding a musical element to the mix.
This week we sat down with Jacqie Brooks, fashion/beauty enthusiast, editor and fellow lover of words, to talk about a genre of storytelling we haven’t covered here before: songwriting. Read more
By day, Olivia Zimmer, 23, is an English teacher living in Incheon, South Korea, far from her cozy hometown in northern Illinois, USA. By night, she’s an aspiring writer, like so many of us. But her chosen path to developing and refining her skills is one you may not have heard of before. Read more
Finding time to write, and writing well, seems impossible for some. For others, it just becomes one of many challenges that make life worth the busyness. For today’s featured writer, it’s a talent turned hobby turned success story. School, work and writing go hand-in-hand, and busyness is just a minor side effect that comes with putting good ideas into well-crafted words. Read more
There is a pretty big difference between necessary self-promotion and conceit. When you are mentioning your accomplishments and skills for the purposes of being hired by someone you want to write for, by all means, go all out. Read more
It would be completely reasonable to blame John Green for my obsession with lasts – last words; last lines; last attempts. But I was a writer long before I discovered what is still my favorite book of all time, and if I remember correctly, I have always put more effort into the last words and lines of everything I have written than anything else – even the first ones. Read more
Last week, I wrote a scene that both surprised and amazed me. NOT because I’m the best writer ever or because it’s the greatest piece of prose a human has ever written (nope and, uh, NOPE), but because I never planned on writing it at all.
In fact, the moment the idea wedged its way into my head, I immediately tried to reject it. Read more
On Monday, I came back to reality (after four days of vacation and several weeks of feeling like I wanted to quit everything and move to Antarctica) and realized that I had only written 24,000 words of my NaNoWriMo novel.
It was November 28. I had three days to write over 25,000 words. Read more
Some writers cannot function without deadlines. They need a set endpoint to work toward in a timely manner (or not), if they ever plan on getting any writing done. Some writers absolutely crumble in the face of deadlines. It’s too much pressure. They need to work on their own time, at their own pace, or, once again, nothing will ever get done. Read more
What if you dreamed of spending your whole life writing books that sold millions of copies, but it never happened? Would you keep writing, holding onto the hope that you still had a chance? Or would you allow yourself to believe it was worthless, and stop writing, because it was hopeless? Read more