by Write Well, Write To Sell on November 18th, 2013 at 10:52 PM Posted In: Basics of writing, Novel writing, Story Details reposted at Silver Pen with permission From Rick: One problem writers often have is how much backstory to use and when they should use (or not use) it in their stories. One writer at Silver Pen recently was dealing with this issue, so I thought this would be a perfect topic here. When to include backstory is a bit easier to answer than how much to include. The reason the latter question is more difficult to answer is…
Reposted with permission from Write Well, Write to Sell We often hear the term “suspension of disbelief” applied to fiction, but what does that really mean? By its definition, fiction is not fact, and some writers think that gives them complete freedom to write whatever they want, especially when writing fantasy and science fiction–which is where novice writers, and some not-so-novice writers, can run into trouble. The closer the writer gets to the real world, the more careful he/she needs to be. And I’m not talking only setting details. Characters–and their names–have to be believable for their setting.
by Write Well, Write To Sell on September 30th, 2013 at 8:58 PM reposted at Silver Pen with permission Posted In: Basics of writing, Good writing techniques From Rick: As writers, we’ve all heard that you need conflict in fiction. An often heard statement in writing workshops is that “Without conflict there is no story.” In a future blog, I’ll be talking about the difference between a story, an anecdote, and an essay, but one requirement of a story is CONFLICT.
by Sue Babcock Although the information in this article is specifically for the four Silver Pen magazines, it can be useful for submitting your writing anywhere. Not all magazine use the Submittable online submission site, so the process of actually uploading or sending your work to different magazine will vary. The primary point is to read AND FOLLOW the submission guidelines and instructions carefully.
Reposted from Write Well, Write to Sell with permission guest post by Jonathan Pepper from Rick: Back in July we discussed how to find the right words to best express your ideas in your writing. (7/8/13: Finding the Right Word) Recently, Jonathan Pepper posted some excellent advice for writers on Silver Pen. It was such wonderful advice that I asked him to consider expanding it for a post here. His words struck home for me because I’ve fallen into the word-count trap on several occasions.
reposted from Write Well, Write to Sell with permission guest post by Chrys Fey Writer Chrys Fey recently volunteered to share a post from her own blog with Silver Pen. After reading it, Scott and I agreed that it would also make a great guest post for Write Well. With Chrys’ permission, we are sharing her original post (with minor edits) and have added a few comments of our own. Here’s Chrys– ========== Every writer has tips that help them write, rules they follow, and methods they use. Below are ten tips that I find helpful when I am writing…
(reposted with permission from 13Thirty Books and Write Well, Write to Sell) Writers, like most artists, are by nature, insecure. We want everyone to like what we’ve written. Let me correct that. We want everyone to love what we’ve written. Not going to happen.
Reposted with permission. Check out all of Rick's and Scott's writing blogs at Write Well, Write to Sell One of the topics often discussed in general writing workshops is basic story structure and the elements of a story. Let’s go over those first.
From Rick Taubold's and Scott Gamboe's Write Well, Write to Sell blog On blog after blog about writing, writers are inundated with rules. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how much the so-called rules of good writing really matter. Thinking about that triggered another random thought.
reprinted with permission from Write Well, Write to Sell We’ve all read a book where a seemingly random object or event will suddenly interrupt the story. This interjection is so out of place that we know it has something major to do with the plot. We spend time trying to figure out what the effect on the storyline will be... perhaps even long after we’ve put the book down for the day. And finally, we come to the end of the story, only to find that the interruption was an extraneous loose end, having nothing to do with the book.
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