Why Writers Need Rest #atozchallenge #amnotwriting

Sometimes, I think our status needs to be #amnotwriting. Because we shouldn't always be writing. Our art can suffer from constant output, and we can forget how real people interact--how they talk, how they think, how they act--if we're only surrounded by their literary counterparts all the time. We can forget what it's like to … Continue reading Why Writers Need Rest #atozchallenge #amnotwriting

Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Description is one of my least favorite things to write--it feels like such a catalog of objects, colors, and sensations--but it's a necessary evil. Action can't happen in a vacuum; readers need some sense of where a character is, even if its only very general. Some authors have gotten away with very little description. Jane … Continue reading Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Keep on: The Art of Not Quitting #atozchallenge, #quotes

As we've discussed throughout this A to Z series, writing is hard work. You can't complete a story of any great length in one burst of creativity...and this can lead to discouragement and disillusionment, as the luster of our imaginative worlds wears off. (At least for us; we've been there so much, written so much, … Continue reading Keep on: The Art of Not Quitting #atozchallenge, #quotes

Jests, Jokes, and Japes: How to Add Humor to Your Writing #atozchallenge #writer

Finding pictures for this post was tricky, because how can you show laughter? How can you depict a joke? What's funny to one person may disgust or fail to delight another, and some jokes require a certain frame of mind, a certain expectation of how the world works, or even fluency in a certain language … Continue reading Jests, Jokes, and Japes: How to Add Humor to Your Writing #atozchallenge #writer

A Writer’s Source of Ideas

For "I," I wanted to write about ideas. Some writers have no trouble coming up with ideas. Others have a few thoughts of what they'd like to write about--a particular character or genre, perhaps--but need help coming up with the rest of the story. The plot, the description, the "meat" that makes the story long … Continue reading A Writer’s Source of Ideas

Do You Like Happy Endings? #atozchallenge #amwriting

Every story has to have its ending, and there have been times in history when a particular ending was preferred. King Lear was even altered to give it a happy ending (which I felt defeated the artistic work of Shakespeare). Some people can't wait for the end, wading through drama and angst solely to get to the … Continue reading Do You Like Happy Endings? #atozchallenge #amwriting

Why Writers Should be Supremely Grateful #atozchallenge #writer

Recently, an article by Katherine Bolger Hyde got me thinking: Writers should be the most grateful people in the world. Not necessarily the happiest (we're too sensitive for that). And not the richest (though it would be nice to be that, too) But we should definitely be the most grateful. Because we get to hang out … Continue reading Why Writers Should be Supremely Grateful #atozchallenge #writer