Part 2: The 40 Best Tips from Successful Authors & When to Ignore Them

Here’s Part 2 of my massive article on writer’s tips on writing. You can read Part 1 here. 21. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekhov, playwright and short story writer Chekhov is widely accepted as one of the greatest writers in history. If…

Part 1: The 40 Best Tips from Successful Authors & When to Ignore Them

Due to the length of this post, it’s being presented in 2 parts. Part 2 (numbers 21-40) is presented here. For longer than I have been writing, I have been reading quotes from writers on writing. Some are clever, some schmaltzy, a few invaluable, and quite a few utter bollocks. I’ve decided to spend part…

Dance Like the World Is Blind

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” — Carl Sandburg Your writing (dancing) style doesn’t matter; the only thing that matters is you have one. — Me

The Wrong Side of History

“Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot.” – Marco Rubio Yes, actually, it does. Bigotry is not intentional hatefulness. A bigot is “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp. on religion,…

Writers Write

Tomorrow we are joined by author Wayne Zurl, who will post a piece about writing in dialect. For tonight, enjoy these words of wisdom by some of literature’s greatest talents.

What I Have Learned from Other Writers

Writing Is Insane, if Not Impossible. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”  ~E.L. Doctorow “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”  ~Anaïs Nin The Words Are Lyrical in Our Heads; They Sing to Us. On Paper, They Oft Sing…