Voice is as crucial a part of writing as anything else – the characteristic style and flow of words that an author develops which inextricably associates their work with them. It often takes a while to develop. You’ll know when you have, because your revisions will stop being filled with ‘rule application’ edits – you’ll… More What is your writing voice? And how to find it.
I can’t help thinking that the last five years have been dramatic for the traditional publishing model. You know, the multi-barrier one where, to get published, you had to first attract an agent. Five years ago, a lot of writers’ blogs featured their representative, even if the writer was unpublished – but to even get an… More What’s missing from the new publishing paradigm
One of the writing tropes to which I totally object is the notion that writers are defined by what they’re best known for – and that they’re somehow incapable of anything else. Or worse, not even capable of writing what they are acclaimed for. It happens in an awful lot of places and ways, including fiction circles,… More Writers are more than just what they write
I posted the other day about the way authors can write quickly and well – it boils down to having good concepts for content, then being able to translate that content into a linear thread. But that isn’t the only issue authors have to tackle when it comes to speed. The other one is pace.… More Writing with proper pace – avoiding the thin and stretched problem
How many of us have been confronted with the antics of a City Council where, even before the Roads Division gets to the far end of a short suburban street they’re resurfacing, the Lines Service arrives at the near end and jiggers up the brand new seal, so they can put the power cables underground.… More How to use a style sheet as a writing tool
I am always intrigued by the fact that most of the ‘how to write’ and ‘craft’ posts I see floating around the blog-o-sphere are written on the assumption that ‘writing’ means ‘fiction writing’, and the challenges flow from the need to master content. The problem in that – apart from the fact that writing is… More Writing skills need to be built from the basics
I discovered the other day that Isaac Asimov – one of the most prolific writers of his day in America – published 21 books in 1981 alone. Even he lost count of the number in the end: his net total was somewhere over 500, not including 117 to which he contributed, along with innumerable short… More The secret to writing quickly and well