Writer’s Resources

21 Apr 2008

INSPIRATION FROM ANYWHERE

As I missed my international flight home to Houston from Trinidad today, I was suddenly struck with an inspiration. Writers can find their muse anywhere at any time. Now, you may be wondering why being stuck at a foreign airport alone with absolutely no money and no lay of the land could inspire this thought […]

08 Apr 2008

MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC

This week we have some advice passed on to me from best-selling author Karleen Koen.  Your assignment:  Write something, anything, every morning.  No need for prompts like those we gave you in a recent post.  No, this exercise is completely freestyle. Keep Your Mind and Fingers Nimble Every Day As a writer, even if you […]

01 Apr 2008

GOOD WRITER TACTICS

Being a writer is NOT easy. You know that. Whether you are a freelancer or a Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, an immense amount of work goes into each word you put on paper. And even the most renowned writers have to work at it. Sure, every writer has his own personal tricks to keep the content […]

30 Mar 2008

GETTING SITUATED: CREATING YOUR IDEAL WORK PATTERN

Hemingway made sure he wrote no less than 500 words a day, every day.  Faulkner always drank whiskey when he wrote, while Balzac is known to have sometimes consumed more than ten cups of espresso per day while he was working.  Thomas Wolfe allegedly preferred to write while standing up.  Getting sloshed while working will […]

28 Mar 2008

SHOW, DON’T TELL: AVOIDING THE ‘INFORMATION DUMP’ IN FICTION

The key to good fiction is giving your readers a reason to keep going — little mysteries and mini-conflicts that add suspense and create tension. After all, if you feel like you know everything about a character in the first few pages, is there any real reason to waste time finding out what will happen […]

28 Mar 2008

THREE WRITING PROMPTS TO GET YOUR FINGERS FLYING

Even the world’s greatest musicians practice daily and spend time warming up before performances.  As a writer, you, too, need to work your creative muscles with some exercises designed to challenge your creativity, stretch your limits, and rev your writing engine. Spend no more than ten minutes on each of these prompts.  Set an alarm […]

27 Mar 2008

PREVENT PROCRASTINATION: HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE WITHOUT WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE

Writers are known procrastinators. Whether we’re afraid our ideas won’t be good enough, or we’re waiting for inspiration to strike, we tend to set ourselves up for stress by waiting until the last-possible minute to begin serious work on our projects. But it is possible to break away from this pattern. Whether you have an […]

19 Mar 2008

THE ART OF ASKING QUESTIONS

After completing my first feature-length article, I received a mini-lesson on the art of asking questions in your writing to keep the reader’s interest. In order to be effective and engaging, each paragraph should begin and end with a question – not literally, of course – a sort of literary catapult that moves the reader, […]

19 Mar 2008

BEAT THE BLOCK

In the world of writing, writer’s block is an inevitable beast even the most valiant of writers must take on. After all, writing full time is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, there are a few tricks of the trade to keep the brain functioning and the creativity flowing even when the ugly beast […]

29 Nov 2007

STAMP OUT WIMPY VERBS

Any good writer will tell you to build your sentences on verbs. It’s not nouns or adverbs or adjectives that make your prose shine. When it comes to great writing, the verb is the powerhouse. OK, so write with verbs. That sounds easy enough. But as with all things writing, wrapping your sentences around verbs […]