All posts tagged: writing tools

Writing Guidelines…What you do with what you learn

One of the wisest things a writer can do to better their craft and navigate the path to their desired literary success is to realize that they, in fact, don’t know everything but have room to learn just about anything. One of the best things we can do to better gain wisdom is to learn from those who have gained the success that mirrors or resembles that which we are aiming for. A few years back my eldest sister created a creative writing workshop book while she was on sabbatical from teaching at the University level. I had the privilege of being her guinea pig for the project, using the workbook from start to finish. Out of the many writing exercises that she cleverly produced, the one that I enjoyed and affected me the most had to do with gleaning wisdom from the authors that I most read and/or admired. I was tasked with: Making a list of 4 of my favorite authors Find a quote of theirs that spoke about their writing process (and from …

Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015 You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book. Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it. Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace. What in the world is happening?! You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.) First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke. You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a …

The Origin of Ideas & How I Capture Them: Guest Post with Simon

Welcome to this week’s edition of Wisdom From the Writer’s Journal. This week I have the pleasure of passing the ‘pen & pad’ to my blogging pal, Simon of Planet Simon. Just to get you all acquainted, Simon would like to share a bit about himself, and how you can get in contact with him. Bio: I’m Simon and I’m an engineer from the UK who’s recently found a love of writing. I write for mainly the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. I currently have no books to my name but I’m writing short stories and perfecting my craft as I go.   I’m currently working on my first book but as this is new and I’m trying to do this right progress is slow. But I’m always having new ideas and making sure I keep them safe so that one day I can turn the seed into a great tree! Links to find me are: Planet Simon- http://www.sfarnell.wordpress.com http://www.Universeofpossibility.wordpress.com For my email – come and visit my sites, where you should find my email …

Musing Monday’s Writing Prompt: June 8th

  OPENING LINE (S): “No matter how fast they drove, it seemed near impossible to escape the Drain. Still, he pressed further down on the gas peddle, the speedometer rising higher and higher–they didn’t call him Gunner for nothing.” RULES: Using the above line and the picture provided, create a story (or even a poem) within 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of this  post to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” If you do not have a blog of your own send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post your lovely words here on my blog. (PLEASE KEEP ENTRIES THAT NEED TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG WITHIN A PG13 RANGE. THANK YOU) My results will be posted on Thursday JUNE 11th under the FICTION tab, then the WRITING PROMPTS …

Monday’s Muse: Writing Prompt March 23 2015

  OPENING LINE: He watched them from afar, but the disdain he felt for them was so closely lit in his chest he feared he would combust and light the sky with his flame. RULES: Using the above line and the picture provided, create a story (or even a poem) within 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of this  post to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” My results will be posted on Thursday March 26th under the FICTION tab, then the WRITING PROMPTS AND EXERCISES, then MY WRITING PROMPT RESULTS. Cheers!

Second Verse in Reverse: Managing Revisions through “Reverse Outlines”

One thing that I don’t like to do, almost as much as I don’t like writing a synopsis, is doing revisions on a large tome. I love the art of creating the manuscript, letting my fingers make that beautiful music as they press against key after keyboard key. I love character invention! If you are anything like me you will be able to see little pieces of yourself in each character that you give birth to through your imagination.  Doesn’t matter how crazy the person may turn out to be, you still may find yourself thinking, “Oh look at him, he has my eyes.” But revisions…revisions make me massage that space in between my eyes. Revisions make me turn to actually doing my household chores. Revisions make me want to weep like a child. Lets face it, revisions can be the pits. But they don’t have to be. (Yep, there is a silver lining.) So I am not even finished writing Ascension Graveyard, not hardly, and I have already been breaking a sweat and having …