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Writers must love, or learn to love, language if they are to write well

Thursday, December 8th, 2011:

Writers need to love language, everything about language. If you don’t find grammar, usage, words, word play, even spelling fascinating, chances are you’re not doing as well at being a writer as you might like. When it gets right down to it, words and all aspects of language — in my case the English language, most specifically American English — are all we writers have got. We really don’t even have our innermost (if there really is such a thing as “innermost”) thoughts without language, without words. Because without language, and specifically without words, we cannot have “thoughts,” can we? […] Read More >

Good writing is not technology, but technology may help

Friday, July 29th, 2011:

I was working diligently to try to put in my daily quota of written words this morning and took a break to read some writing tips from mystery writing master Larry Block. For all of us “oldsters” (I absolutely HATE that word) out there, Block is one of the masters of good fiction, and someone we remember from a previous lifetime ago as a columnist with “Writer’s Digest” magazine. For more than a decade, he did a monthly column geared primarily toward the whys, wherefores and how-tos of fiction writing. Block has gathered many of those columns into some volumes […] Read More >

What’s your NaNoWriMo writing plan?

Sunday, October 31st, 2010:

A few days ago, I wrote about NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — and encouraged all of you to consider this event’s wacky challenge: write a novel of at least 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. Those who take the challenge and “win” get a couple of important prizes: 1. Bragging rights to having written a novel. 2. Bragging rights to having written a novel really fast. 3. The completed first draft of a novel. Oh, and I think the NaNoWriMo folks might also give you a certificate, or some sort of buttons or badges to acknowledge […] Read More >

Do you let fear of failure hinder your writing? Writers must be courageous

Saturday, May 30th, 2009:

If you’re like me, there are times when you probably let your fear of failure hinder your writing. But, perhaps you aren’t at all like me, and fear of failure never crosses your mind. My wife constantly suggests the quirks, neurosis, and other fun things that make up “me,” are not the same emotions and mental elements that make up HER and others. (My father was an alcoholic and my mother died when I was only eight, so she says I probably don’t see like just the way others do.) No matter the fears or concerns you let hinder you, […] Read More >