rewrite

The Rewrite: Expanding and Contracting

Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do? Hemingway: It depends. I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied. Interviewer:...

First-time Novelist – Ignorance is Bliss

First-time Novelist – Ignorance is Bliss

I wrote the first draft of my first novel in just under 90 days. I had been writing stand-up comedy and screenplays for years, but very little prose. I had...

ASKING “WHY?” in writing

Asking “Why?” in Writing

“Don’t approach your history for its cautionary fruit . . . Tell your stories, and your story will be revealed . . . Don’t be afraid of appearing angry, small-minded,...

Writing Tip - How to Show Not Tell

Writing Tip – How to Show and Tell

“Action is eloquence.” – William Shakespeare If we find ourselves editorializing, that is telling or explaining what is happening in our story . . . it’s “OK” . . ....

Writing a Bestseller

Writing a Bestseller

Did Stephen King set out to write a bestseller when he wrote his first novel Carrie? Apparently his wife found the first few chapters in the trash and convinced him...

Shedding the Idea for Truth in Writing

Shedding the Idea for Truth in Writing

It’s not just first-time novelists that struggle with getting their story from the imagination to the page. Every writer struggles with this. Here’s the thing: Our idea of our story...

WRITING IDEAL READER

Writing for Our Ideal Reader

Good storytelling is about having at least a somewhat conscious relationship to our ideal reader, and telling the story in the most compelling way possible. It is about understanding the...

Writing When You Have Nothing to Lose

Writing When You Have Nothing to Lose

Have you ever experienced great loss? Whether it was a parent, spouse, or friend, the experience pulls you sharply into the present moment. Nothing else matters, not the barking dog,...

authority over our writing

We Are The Authority Over Our Writing

It can be challenging at times to stay connected to our initial impulse. All sorts of demons can spring up in the rewrite: fear, doubt, and impatience. Sometimes we can...

“What do I do when I get stuck in my story?”

When writers come to a dead stop there can be a tendency to panic. It’s important to remember that our idea of our story is never the whole story. When...