writing fiction

  • Behind “The Process”: Get It Over With (Writing First Drafts)

    Behind “The Process”: Get It Over With (Writing First Drafts)

    One of the toughest things about creative writing is getting through the pain of a first draft. Go into it with the right mindset, get it over with, and let the real fun begin!

  • Behind “The Process”: Dealing with Interruptions

    Writing is a lot of fun. But, for many, it requires a little warming up, though that’s not what this post is about. (I’ve previously written about that, if you’re interested.) The most frustrating thing that can happen while writing, for me, anyway, is getting interrupted. Writer’s block only exists when you’re not making yourself…

  • Behind “The Process”: Vary Your Sentences (blah-blah-blah…)

    Vary your sentences. Writing teachers say it a lot, but without some explanation, the advice can fall flat, so… What do they mean, “Vary your sentences”? Well, there are lots of different ways to construct sentences, right? Whether or not you have a love affair with grammar and know all the terms and all that…

  • Behind “The Process”: Why Is Writing Scary?

    Seriously. It’s a valid question. Writing is scary. Ok–starting writing is scary. That’s the focus here: getting started. Even if you like writing, and have been doing it for awhile, getting started is scary. Truth be told, I’m writing this because I’m putting off working on a story. It’s on a legal pad right next…

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