Why I write in Google Docs

Writers all have their different habits and preferences for bringing words into existence. There are an endless number of writing programs, both free and paid, some just for processing words, or other more complex ones for organizing and story-boarding. Some writers even use pen and paper and keep physical piles of paper laying around! Personally, …

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Transitions? Forget about them

The obsession with transition negates a basic truth about writing, a magical truth. You can get anywhere from anywhere, always and almost instantly. - Verlyn Klinkenborg We've all been there: cold moon, dark sky, watching our minds disappear as we try to figure out how to get our character from point A to B. She's …

Find a writing enemy

Competition always makes me more productive. I've written my best stories when they were for contests among friends. I knew if I didn't turn in something good, I wouldn't live it down, so I'd meet the deadline no matter what. By writing enemy I mean someone you want to be better than, someone you want …

Don’t be afraid to fail

Failing is part of success. No one gets it done on the first try, so better get it out of the way so you can learn and move on to the next thing! It's not whether you win or lose, fail or succeed, produce a masterpiece or a piece of crap--it's the doing that matters. To …

Dialogue: ‘said’ is invisible, and that’s cool

Who said what? You may feel the need to tag all dialogue with the speaker, but really it's not necessary most of the time. "Who's there?" Jim asked questioningly. "No one," Bob stated defiantly. "But I hear you, you answered me!" Jim exclaimed "Nope, you are mistaken," Bob rebuffed. "I know what I am hearing, …

Rain on me

I've been writing a scene with rain, and so listening to rain sounds in my ears all day. The sound of rain and thunder is calming somehow, but also adventurous and somehow gives me a sense of potential, of mystery. What is out there in the rain and dark? What sounds could the pattering and …

Has subtlety been forgotten? Spoilers: it seems so, yes.

I just started listening to 'The Girl with all the Gifts' as recommended by a member of my writing group, and so far it is quite intriguing and really well written. However, one of my peeves has shown up to irritate me, and although I don't foresee it as a sign of more to come, …