simplicity in writing

Simplicity in Writing

Forward, he cried From the rear And the front ranks died. – Pink Floyd (Us and Them) Hi Writers, We can tell a whole world in a sentence. The rewrite...

Finishing Your Novel

Finishing Your Novel: 5 Tips to Get You to the End

For all you writers struggling somewhere in the middle of your manuscript, here are five tips to get you to the end. 1) Create a deadline for yourself. Think of...

the writer's place

The Writer’s Place

I believe there is something we writers are collectively seeking; we are all attempting to convey an experience, a true moment, to tell a story that somehow reveals more than...

value of an outline

The Value of an Outline

A lot of writers want to dive right into their first drafts and start amassing pages. Though there are those novelists who claim not to outline, upon questioning (and I’ve...

Writing Fiction: letting go of our story

Writing Fiction: Letting Go of Our Story

  “Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something...

writing for money

Stay Out of the Result

For any writer, here’s a question to ask yourself: “Why do I want to write this novel?” A student told me recently that he was writing his first novel in...

writing act III

Writing Act III – Accepting the Reality

It is terrifying and exhilarating to realize that our story is bigger than us, that in fact, it does not even belong to us, that we are simply a channel....

writing without distraction

Writing Without Distraction

OK writers, you’ve begun working in earnest. The story is alive, your cylinders are firing. You’re getting up every morning and putting in the hours. But then, something happens. Life...

SURRENDER TO YOUR STORY

Surrender to Your Story

Our story asks everything of us. If it didn’t, we would never surrender. How often do we live our lives as though we were not going to die? We make...

The Purpose of the Outline

The Purpose of the Outline

Whether consciously or not, every writer is in search of a process. The outline is an often misunderstood element in the creative process. Some novelists eschew it completely, considering it...