If you haven’t read it, you can check out the original “When Writer’s Attack …” post here and then strap yourself in for some more pithy author put-downs. What’s interesting about author put-downs is that many are not afraid to go for the big hitters. Cervantes’ Don Quixote is regarded as a classic. Unless you’re Martin … Continue reading When Writer’s Attack … Part II!
Editor and Creative Writing teacher Dr. Stephen Carver wrote a blog post recently outlining the top writing mistakes he encounters. First off, he quotes Newman and Mittelmark from their book How Not to Write a Novel: “We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, … Continue reading An Editor’s Guide to the Worst Writing Mistakes
Getting Started "If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy." – Dorothy Parker Following the Rules "There are three rules … Continue reading Brutally Honest Writing Advice from Brutally Honest Writers
My latest piece of short fiction - "I Remember Sorrento" - is now up on the wonderful "Organic Coffee, Haphazardly" website. You can read it here.
I was thinking recently about creativity and the first thought that struck me was the initial act of creativity. As writers, we all know about the second and third and sixteenth drafts, and the critiques and so on, but what about the initial spark. What about that moment when you first pull the words out … Continue reading Creativity – The Initial Spark
“Being a fiction writer is a good way to go crazy ... You continually pick at yourself, the little sores that you have. They scab over and you pick them open again. Other people not only let them scab over, they let them scar over ... Writers don’t do that. They can’t keep their fingers … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Write – But it Helps!
Philip K Dick was a member of a select group of artists, those who – only after their death – achieve the status they longed for in life. Dick wrote more than 30 novels and over 100 short stories. However, none of them received the respect that he longed for while he was alive. Part … Continue reading The Paranoid World of Philip K Dick
I recently posted about the lack of female authors in the Canon of Great Literature. After I posted it, someone suggested Aphra Behn to me. It was a name I was vaguely familiar with but someone I knew little about. As it turns out, Behn is a fascinating character. She was, by all accounts, a … Continue reading The Every Dead Author Challenge: Aphra Behn
The previous posts on this topic focused on Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. All songwriters who could be said to have something in common. Not so, this post’s subject. Lou Reed is an enigma: the dark prince of rock n’ roll, if you will. But his lyrics have many things to … Continue reading What can Writers Learn from Songwriters – Lou Reed
It was a song that finally broke me. I’d been thinking about it for a while, but it was a song that finally pushed me the last mile. ‘Wall of Death’ by Richard Thompson. Hadn’t heard the song in years, and all of a sudden this DJ starts playing it night after night when I’m … Continue reading Wall of Death