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For a novelist, the idea of writing short stories sometimes seems quite difficult. But with a few simple strategies, it can be easy.
DavidFarland - 3/27/2015
How to create resonance in your writing.
DavidFarland - 3/23/2015
How to ensure your words actually mean something.
DavidFarland - 3/20/2015
Discover the two main strategies to hooking a reader.
DavidFarland - 3/13/2015
Will your story make your reader a better person?
DavidFarland - 3/9/2015
Authors must create characters with the dimensions of real people.
DavidFarland - 3/6/2015
Is your work ready for an audience?
DavidFarland - 3/2/2015
The writing world is changing quickly, and that means some things that used to be taboo are now all right.
DavidFarland - 2/27/2015
A plot doesn’t have to be brilliant for a story to work. It just needs to have some basic components
DavidFarland - 2/23/2015
Certain works of fiction are designed to appeal to readers with strong belief systems. For example, most large religions have enough followers so that a few storytellers can become popular enough to make a living writing to people of that denomination.
DavidFarland - 2/16/2015
I’ve begun talking with an attorney. We’re looking at creating a non-profit organization that would simply “insure” authors against plagiarism.
DavidFarland - 2/11/2015
Many new writers don’t know when to stop polishing a manuscript and move on to the next.
DavidFarland - 2/9/2015
The truth is, most art isn’t very good. Theodore Sturgeon once pointed out that “90% of everything is crap.”
DavidFarland - 2/6/2015
The adage “Show, don’t tell” is used to beg for more information. Yet I’ve always felt that that advice is . . . imprecise.
DavidFarland - 2/4/2015
When I'm looking at a story, one of the simple things I look at is setting. There are so many aspects to setting, so let’s just look at a few.
DavidFarland - 2/2/2015
The first thing that I seek in a great story is originality. You may not realize it, but the most common problem with stories is that they’re tepid.
DavidFarland - 1/30/2015
One of the most common problems I see with new writers is a “mistake in tone.” You know what I mean if you’ve ever played in a band. A new kid comes in, you’re trying to play a song, and he blats out a sour note on a trumpet. The same thing happens in writing.
DavidFarland - 1/28/2015
Writing clear dialog isn’t hard to do, but many new writers—and some old ones—make some pretty simple mistakes. Here are a few things to be wary of and that you should know.
DavidFarland - 1/26/2015
I’ve often said that there are ten thousand right ways to write a story. Unfortunately, there are a million wrong ways to do so. That’s why I’ve found when editing stories for anthologies or judging contests, about 90% of them don’t make the first cut. Here are some easy ways to avoid getting rejected.
DavidFarland - 1/19/2015
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