Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Fictional writing should offer a rhythm, a pattern, and a sound. Together these elements create what’s needed for any decent narrative: flow. Without flow, readers will soon find themselves disinterested in what you’ve written and, frankly, perturbed at you.
Here’s an example of what I mean from…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Fisher on February 25, 2018 at 8:15pm — No Comments
My Knoxville writers’ group has been at it again with more flash fiction. This time we used Seventh Sanctum to give us individual prompts. Seventh Sanctum is a website that provides randomly generated ideas that inspire writers. The following is what came out of my random prompt, “A Jew on the River Styx.” Since I’m Jewish, it seemed a random bit of fate!
Added by Elizabeth Fisher on December 19, 2017 at 11:01pm — No Comments
In my previous posts, I've expressed how challenging writing can be. But, that's only half the battle. The real difficulty begins when you go to publish.
Years ago, a writer could only publish their manuscripts through a traditional publisher, but with the 21st century comes self-publishing. A writer no longer needs to beg an agent to take a look at their manuscript. The writer is their own publisher...sounds great! Right? Well it depends.
Now, by the sounds of this blog title, you're probably thinking, "Of course you can write for a living! Just look at Stephen King or J.K. Rowling!"
This statement is definitely valid. But I think as budding writers and avid readers we often forget how much work goes into the concept of "writing for a living". It isn't just, "BAM! I wrote a book, now everybody read it!" No, there is so much more to it than that.
I've heard it said before that "writing for a living" can be…
This past weekend I attended a writing event at nearby library. A friend of mine from there asked me to come and take part. I was grateful for the opportunity as I was trying to reach out to more people. Unfortunately, no one, aside from other authors, showed up. But that's not to say nothing came out of it. In fact, this was a major learning experience for me.
You see, I've always considered myself an ambivert. This is not a term one usually hears, but its a combination of…
When I first started writing, I was about ten years old. At the time, I had just found my way into the writing world and I didn't know all that much. I was mainly self-taught and learned what I could through reading mystery books like Nancy Drew. I found the world of writing to be fascinating and wanted to discover myself through this art form.
Looking back, I wasn't all that great at it. I could write dialogue effortlessly, but descriptions were the bane of my writing existence.…
Added by Ceara Comeau on October 15, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
Added by Shirley M Patterson on August 5, 2017 at 4:33am — No Comments
Rage is not anger. Don’t confuse the two.
We can rant at a neighbor’s dog that won’t stop barking, we can snap at a significant other for not picking up their dirty underwear, we can even feel our blood pressure rise at the words of a politician or shout at another driver who cuts…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Fisher on July 24, 2017 at 10:07pm — No Comments
My favorite fiction to curl up with has usually been a mix or urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Yet now after bingeing on the genre for a while, I find myself diversifying.
Yes, I grew bored with the standard tropes associated…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Fisher on February 24, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments
“Flash Fiction” is a short—sometimes really short—form of storytelling. The number of words required in flash fiction differs from writer to writer, editor to editor, contest to contest, but some purists insist that it’s a story told in less than 75 words. For less-rigid flashers, anything under 500 words is…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Fisher on January 4, 2017 at 9:57pm — No Comments
As a member of the Knoxville Writers Guild, and in particular of the Guild’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers’ Group, I recently joined in on a writing experiment that was downright fun. The idea was that each of us write a short ditty (called “flash writing”) using a photo as a writing prompt.
Added by Elizabeth Fisher on January 24, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Novel writing is demanding!
The novel writing process incorporates elements that must be blended and mastered to create a successful novel. I’ve developed a series of articles that will help you unit these diverse elements together and craft that…
Added by JE Thompson on February 21, 2015 at 3:31am — No Comments
I received an interesting question from an English teacher in Iran who wanted to know the differences, if any, between “must” and “have to/has to.” This is an interesting question because the expressions are nearly identical. To answer, I had to think not only about their strict definitions but also about how they are used.
The terms “must” and “have to/has to” are modal auxiliaries that communicate (1) an obligation to perform some action or (2) that some state of being or action is…Continue
Added by David Bowman on September 17, 2014 at 6:39pm — No Comments
I am sure you writers will agree, there are many reasons we like to write. For me, the first reason is that it's my "outlet". It's the way I resolve things in my own mind. Sometimes it comes out in a short story. At other times it comes out in a song or poetry or in a blog post. (See a video of a song I wrote below)
I call my self a creative writer. I mainly like…Continue
Teaching elementary and secondary students how to write well is challenging. Many students don’t understand the core principles behind writing, including the basics of sentence and paragraph structure, a logical progression of ideas, and reader awareness. Others don’t have the technical skills of writing, including grammar and punctuation. However, with consistent, year-by-year, engaging instruction by committed teachers who understand not only the value but also the principles and skills of…Continue
Added by David Bowman on March 25, 2014 at 11:22pm — No Comments
Academic and technical writing are far different than literary writing, such as novels and poetry. The primary purpose of academic and technical writing is to provide information about a defined topic to a specific audience. Whether you write graduate papers, professional journal articles, dissertations, white papers, manuals, websites, reviews, or similar documents, you are writing academic or technical documents.
Academic and technical writing can be bad writing. They can…Continue
This is a great question, and it is one I don't often see. On the other hand, it reflects a concept that confuses many people: parallelism.
Correct use of “rather than”
“Rather than” indicates a parallel structure in which two things are compared. To be grammatically correct, the two things being compared need to be equal, meaning they have the same grammatical structure or form.
Here are two simple examples to demonstrate the parallel structure created…Continue
Added by David Bowman on January 21, 2014 at 11:36pm — No Comments
The number one rule for authors is to network with other authors. I have been informed numerous times that authors who resist others in the field, often disappear. What’s the best way to network? Find someone smarter than you. It's the only way we will learn and/or grow.…Continue
Added by Katie McKnight on November 13, 2013 at 5:05am — No Comments
“Your writing bores me.” “I am bored by your writing.”
Not only do these two sentences demonstrate the difference between the active and passive voice but also they communicate a central reason for avoiding the passive voice.
In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action described by the main verb. Thus, the subject is active. In the passive voice, the action is done to the subject. Thus, the subject is passive. Passive voice is a problem for direct writing…Continue
Added by David Bowman on October 8, 2013 at 11:52pm — No Comments
Active and Passive Voice: When you are active, you do something. When you are passive, things happen to you. This is the same concept as the active and passive voice in sentences.
In the active voice, the subject performs the action described by the main verb. In the passive voice, the action described by the main verb is done to the subject.
Example D.1a, active voice: “The service…Continue
Added by David Bowman on October 8, 2013 at 1:11am — No Comments