Writer's Resources

Resources and Advice for Writers

Resources and Advice for Writers – including advice and inspiration, plus competitions. This post is now on my website – follow this link: https://jessicadavidson.co.uk/2016/12/05/resources-links-for-writers/

 

 

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Writing Inspiration

Stephen King: The Adverb is Not Your Friend

This great advice from Stephen King comes from his essential book On Writing. It’s filled with writing tips and insight into his life and writing process. If you haven’t read it – read it! This extract is about the dreaded adverb. One or two may be okay, but beware the adverb – it is not your friend… “Adverbs… Continue reading Stephen King: The Adverb is Not Your Friend

Writing

What Does it Take to Be a Writer?

Sometimes it seems everybody wants to be a writer. Mention to your friends that you’re writing a book and you’ll be greeted by a chorus of: “Oh, I wish I could do that, if only I had the time, I’ve got loads of great ideas…” Either that or they want to know if you’re writing about them. As… Continue reading What Does it Take to Be a Writer?

Writing Inspiration

Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Tips for Writing Short Stories

Here’s a video of great advice for short story writers – although you could easily apply these tips to novel writing too. If you take only one of these tips to heart, I would say the first is pretty important: don’t waste the time of a total stranger. Always ask yourself: why would anybody want to read this?

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

 

Creativity

The Creative Process – Part 6 – Showing

If the creative process has gone well, you should now be ready to share your work in the final stage: SHOWING. The moment of truth! As you work, writing and rewriting, there’s a constant internal pressure to share what you’re doing with others. Especially these days, now that our lives are enhanced / blighted (delete… Continue reading The Creative Process – Part 6 – Showing