Monthly Archives: November 2015

NaNoWriMo Break: Neil Gaiman on Writing

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

Man, we’ve all been going about this whole writing thing the wrong way.

Sorry I’m only stumbling across this now, but Neil Gaiman reveals the true method for becoming a writer here.

Gonna be a long wait ’til April 30th…

NaNoWriMo Break: How to Write

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

Why am  I saving Heather Havrilesky’s rather profanity-laden-yet-detailed explanation of exactly how to write at this, the penultimate NaNoWriMo post?

  1. Because it’s actually rather long — and I’m hoping you’re catching this as part of an extended post-Thanksgiving break.
  2. You probably need a laugh at this point.

Home stretch people. See you again on Monday!

NaNoWriMo Break: Stephen King on Writing

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Stephen King’s On Writing, it’s well worth a read.

As you might imagine, there are many good quotes from it. Here’s a collection of many quotes, as well as some Stephen King facts, which don’t necessarily connect to one another, but are equally interesting.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

NaNoWriMo Break: Author John Scalsi on how he works

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

At the beginning of the month, I posted a link to the daily routines of many well-known writers, many from decades earlier. But what about those of us who use those pale electric boxes all the cool kids have these days? Author John Scalsi explains his methods.

NaNoWriMo Break: Words of [a given] Year

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

Like the snowclones and phrases people would like to banish before them, you may find this list of winning words to be intriguing… and possibly to be avoided in your work.

NaNoWriMo Break: Dorothy Parker on Writing… and other things

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

I was originally going to just list the “I hate writing, I love having written.” quote, but then I found Mental Floss’s page of Dorothy Parker quotes and I thought many of you could use a dose of snark at this point.

Don’t quote ’em all in one place.

NaNoWriMo Break: Tolkien’s Tips for Writers

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

Okay, I did sci-fi last week, so this week, why not 10 tips from one of the world’s most well-known fantasy authors?

NaNoWriMo Break: Writing 20 Minutes a Day

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.

Yeah, I already mentioned this article in a longer post earlier this year, but I love this method, so I’m going to link Cory Doctorow’s article about writing in the “age of distraction” again.

Oh, and happy Friday the Thirteenth.

Recommended Reading: The Hugo Awards and the Pop Culture Zeitgeist

Amy Wallace expands and updates her look at this year’s Hugo Awards and the people involved that she first reported on in August. I found the first version very illuminating and this latest version is just that or more so: really going into some of the personalities and passions on the different sides.

It’s certainly true that you should write from your own perspective. Chasing trends is generally not an ingredient in a unique voice. At the same time, I count the denizens of speculative fiction as my tribe, so I think it’s good to know some of the conversations the tribe is having (in this case, it appears there’s some discussion of who gets to be in the tribe).

P.S. Here’s a closer look at the Alfie Awards mentioned in the article.

Quote

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

A little quote from Ernest Hemingway to validate what you may be going through.

Okay: band-aids on. Back to work!

Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.