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Many writers never have a problem with writer’s block, and so we sometimes say, “There’s no such thing.” But that’s not quite right.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/22/2014
Sometimes when describing a thing, it is almost easier to describe what it is not. For example, consider the first paragraph to Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/19/2014
People are attracted to motion, particularly physical motion.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/15/2014
I sometimes wonder what God would say if He were to release new commandments to writers. I think that the first commandment might be something like this: Thou shalt not post fake reviews of novels that thou hast not read.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/13/2014
Last week a longtime acquaintance of mine, Rachel Ann Nunes, became a victim of the most disgusting incident I've seen in my thirty years as a writer.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/11/2014
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the dispute between Amazon and Hachette. This week, a large number of traditional authors have put together a petition.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/8/2014
I’m not sure, but I suspect that writers and other artists tend to be emotionally volatile. In part, I believe that we create in order to try to express ourselves using heightened communication—our art. Yet there is a danger in trying too hard to express emotions. Let me explain. . . .
KamiMMcArthur - 8/6/2014
In one sense, every story that is made up, or imaginary, is a fantasy, and a hundred years ago, if a writer were discussing fantasy, he would have used the term fantasy that way.
KamiMMcArthur - 8/4/2014
Horror—the art of scaring people. Or is it?
KamiMMcArthur - 7/30/2014
I’ve had a number of readers ask about the Amazon-Hachette debate.
KamiMMcArthur - 7/25/2014
An odd thing happened recently. A friend of mine, Matt Harrill, was contacted by a reviewer for a major newspaper a few weeks ago, who said that a rave review would be coming out in the paper shortly, but the review was never published.
KamiMMcArthur - 7/21/2014
When you write a story, it may seem to be about a character, in a particular setting, struggling to overcome a problem. But if that is all that your story is really about, it will fail.
KamiMMcArthur - 7/14/2014
Many new authors feel torn between two loves. They might ask, “Should I write science fiction, or should I focus more on young adult novels? Which way should I go?" There are three answers to this question.
KamiMMcArthur - 7/11/2014
Sometimes as writers, when we give writing advice, we often give advice by telling “How I write” instead of “How to write.” This idea came to me strongly after I spoke on a podcast with the good folks at Writing Excuses.
KamiMMcArthur - 7/8/2014
It's important to understand who you are as an author, and what it is that you want to achieve
KamiMMcArthur - 7/3/2014
Sometimes, readers fall in love with a writer’s characters, and they want to simply read about those characters throughout the rest of the series. How do you keep writing about the same characters without the story going stale?
KamiMMcArthur - 7/2/2014
Creating a series with persistent characters in a persistent world.
KamiMMcArthur - 6/30/2014
Last week, I met a writer who had an extremely powerful editor interested in his work and didn’t realize that she’d just struck gold. Another author felt excited about “meeting an editor,” without realizing that he was talking to the wrong kind of editor. So let’s look at some different types of book editors.
KamiMMcArthur - 6/27/2014
I got an email the other day from an unhappy writer who said that editors aren’t really editors anymore. He said that they’re just “choosers,” picking stories that need the least amount of fixing. Nobody edits.
KamiMMcArthur - 6/25/2014
In judging some stories for a contest recently, I had to ask myself some tough questions. I found one story where I loved the concept but the author was obviously new. He had minor typos, improper verbs, and so on. The question was, “Do I send this story on or not?”
KamiMMcArthur - 6/23/2014
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