Insomniacs Anonymous 10-21-14

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Have you ever read a book that made you have to sleep with the lights on?

Stranded in a setting

Laura thumbnail 150X150I identify myself as a Louisianian, even though I haven’t lived in Louisiana for the past 15 years. I was born there. I grew up there. I went to college, married and started my career there. Most of my family and many of my friends still live there. In essence, it’s still the place I consider home. So, naturally, I took my novel’s teenage protagonist, uprooted her from the only place she’s ever known, and stranded her there. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 10-16-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Tighten your writing. Rewriting a sentence using one less word. Then write it again, taking another word out. How many words can you remove and still maintain the meaning and cadence of your writing? It’s probably a lot more than you realize.

Insomniacs Anonymous 10-14-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Who is your favorite mystery writer?

Faking it . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

One of the great (and the terrible) things about writing is that there are as many ways to do it as there are writers. What works for one person may not work for others, or it may not work for anybody. It doesn’t matter, though, as long as it works for that one person. This leads to all kinds of tips, tricks, and innovations in the craft for writers to explore and discover, and, as you go through your journey, you will find what works for you.

There is a pitfall, though. A Grand Canyon of a pitfall, actually. There are a few tips and tricks out there that have worked for so many people that they’ve become dogma. The assumption is made by writers, and even non-writers, that because it has been suggested so many times that this technique or that technique will work for everyone. That is true of very few ideas and maybe none at all. It’s a convenient lie sold by people with great intentions and little grounding in the reality of writing.
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