Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
Tell a story! Don't try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first!
James Blish told me I had the worst case of "said bookism" (that is, using every word except said to indicate dialogue). He told me to limit the verbs to said, replied, asked, and answered and only when absolutely necessary.
Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way. Writing has been so much a part of my life that I'm really quite annoyed that I can't do as much as I used to.
I have always used emotion as a writing tool. That goes back to me being on the stage
I also don't have organized religion on Pern. I figured - since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing - that religion was one problem Pern didn't need.
I did not have a chance to write novels until my youngest child started school fulltime
That's what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.
I have my good days and my bad days, but I don't have as much energy as I used to back when I was young and foolish and didn't count the cost - and it takes a lot - to write
What I used to do between writing fits was feed my kids, ride my horse and go shopping for cat and dog food.
I do outlines when I'm writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom
I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel
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