A Good Story Creates an Experience

A good story creates an experience and puts you in it, living and feeling it as if you were there. Jerry Cleaver I wonder how many books you’ve read that you’ve sat alongside and said as you were reading – this is good, or, this is bad. If you’re like me, you either get pulled… Continue reading A Good Story Creates an Experience


Writing Tip: Read Your Work Out Loud

It seems really naff, awkward, silly to think about reading your writing out loud. After all, unless you are a lyricist or poet, you don't write with a view to your words being vocalised. But reading aloud works. As a writer, we really do think we don't have to read our writing. That once writ,… Continue reading Writing Tip: Read Your Work Out Loud

Elmore Leonard – Writing Tips

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Elmore Leonard was a prolific and successful writer who found late success with crime and mystery. In this gritty production (only 7 minutes) "Dutch" gives some clarity to writers. This one hit home for me. His characters 'audition' in the first 100 pages. He names his characters. In one case, one of his characters appeared… Continue reading Elmore Leonard – Writing Tips

Writing Advice from Anne Rice

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Who'd have thought this delicate woman could write such gothic novels. From the heart, successful author Anne Rice talks about the craft and art of writing and publishing. 12 minutes of viewing, packed with punchy advice for you as a writer. Here are just a couple of practical gems... The only way to write is… Continue reading Writing Advice from Anne Rice

Writing Tips & Advice – JK Rowling

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One of our most successful contemporary authors not talking about fantasy. In this interview post-Harry Potter, Joanne reveals her practice in developing and defining issues in a novel, creating reality, thematic approaches and the grit of real-life turned into written stories. "Probably everything I write will be about death and morality". Take notes. And, I… Continue reading Writing Tips & Advice – JK Rowling

Writing Tips from Margaret Atwood

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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… Continue reading Writing Tips from Margaret Atwood

Stephen King – Advice on Writing

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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... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhOd65gGoY   When you're done, go check out his book On Writing, even if you're not a fan of… Continue reading Stephen King – Advice on Writing