Writing Tips from Margaret Atwood

29 July, 2019 § Leave a comment

Margaret Atwood has written a broad range of work over 60 years, even though she is now especially famous as the author of The Handmaid’s Tale (based on real events in Cambodia).

She is prolific and thought-provoking in her writing. I first came across her in 1993 when she published The Robber Bride. Atwood has 17 books of poetry, 16 novels, and a plethora of short stories Рmany with critical acclaim. Want to know how to write? Read and listen to Margaret Atwood.

This beauty takes less than 18 minutes and worth every one.

The young interviewers in this video put professional interviewers to shame with their questions and handling of the process. I could listen to Margaret all day, couldn’t you?

What is Domestic Noir?

25 July, 2019 § Leave a comment

The literary world is complex. There are broad genres then sub-genres and even deeper categorisation beyond that.

Within the Crime genre, Domestic Noir occupies a peculiarly feminine place. It comprises crime that usually takes place within familiar places such as the home or workplace. It often concerns itself with the woman’s perspective. At it’s core, the topic of domestic noir centres around the concept that such domestic situations are inherently challenging and even dangerous, especially for women.

48% of crimes are domestic-related and women represent 70% of domestic murder victims.

Such statistics are perhaps sufficient to argue that a domestic noir sub-genre is redundant and may serve to minimise the contributions of many female authors.

By way of example, Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn and other female authors are considered writers of domestic noir. Male authors eg Harlen Corben, Lee Child, who write in a similar vein are not normally described as writing domestic noir books.

The domestic noir sub-genre was coined by Julia Crouch in 2013 so is relatively new in literary terms. It is perhaps too early to tell if it will become a category of fiction which will serve a long-term purpose.

 

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Stephen King – Advice on Writing

22 July, 2019 § Leave a comment

Seven minutes spent listening to the hero of many readers will inform your writing and your practice. Did you know King doesn’t rely on plotting? See how many usable tips you get from this short video…

 

When you’re done, go check out his book On Writing, even if you’re not a fan of his genre. Learn from the best.

13 Steps to Writing a Book – Jerry Jenkins

15 July, 2019 § Leave a comment

When you want advice on writing a book, it pays to get it from someone who has done it before. Jenkins has penned over 190 books (not a misprint!) and reached the NYT bestseller list 21 times. That’s someone you need to listen to.

Much of what he has to say is not new – but of course, every aspiring writer is already doing all these activities, yes? No. Which is why the basics need repeating.

Jenkins delivers these steps in an easy-to-take-in way with a gentle manner and minimal fluff. He gives clear examples of what he refers to.

Grab a pen, some paper and your favourite beveredge. Switch on the video stream and take notes. Then, apply.

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