Elmore Leonard – Writing Tips

23 August, 2019 § Leave a comment

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 but never said a word. He changed that characters name and he “couldn’t shut him up.”

Watch it. There’s more to learn from this legend.

And if you want to learn more from him, try these (poor audio but gems of info).

Video 1 (32 mins) Part 1 of 2

Video 2 (16 mins) Part 2 of 2

“I love the sound of speech.”

That is a terrific tip for writers. Dialogue is king in Leonard’s works. It brings immediacy and reality to his work. Fall in love with the sound of speech and you’ll improve your own writing. Get comfortable writing great diaogue that moves your story forward.

 

Writing Advice from Anne Rice

16 August, 2019 § Leave a comment

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 to “kick out the pages everyday“.

The only thing standing between you and realising your dreams as a writer is usually yourself.

Really good viewing – take notes!

Check out her book list – notice the periods of publication. Interview with a Vampire was first published in 1976. Be peristent! http://annerice.com/Bookshelf-AllBooksInOrder.html

If you want to indulge in more Anne Rice writing advice, go with this, even if (like me) you’re not into the gothic genre – there are gems of ideas here. 45 minutes.

Forget all the rules .. and what blocks you. You want to get your work done… do what helps you to get it done.”

Writing Tips & Advice – JK Rowling

9 August, 2019 § Leave a comment

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 love her laugh!

Definitely worth a viewing – around 28 minutes.

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 – many 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?

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