It’s the nature of writers to fall in love with words, particularly their own. Clever turns of phrase excite us; we beam like proud parents when our protagonists take on lives of their own; a shapely plot twist can turn our heads. There is nothing wrong with indulging in the occasional fling-as long as it stops in draft. When time comes to make that final revision, however, you must harden your heart, sharpen the ax and murder your darlings.
Archive for the ‘Advice for New Writers’ Category
From March, 1986, until its untimely demise in February, 1989, I was the Editor-in-Chief of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, and Editorial Director of its “twisted sister” publication, Night Cry. During that time, we received an average of one hundred manuscripts per week, in addition to a backlog of more than 2000 manuscripts left behind by my predecessor.
Article by science fiction writer Vonda N. McIntyre on manuscript preparation for SF/F genre fiction authors.
Article by Elizabeth Moon on advice for novice writers. Novice writers have to take some responsibility for their own careers. The good information is NOT that hard to find. The novices who don’t find it–and don’t find it repeatedly–are resisting the truth.
A few questions answered and a few myths debunked regarding Copyright.
It doesn’t matter if you write fiction or nonfiction. You have to know the basics.
A bibliography for writers.
An article by Chuck Rothman on the correct manuscript format for sf/f fiction.
Article by Chuck Rothman on how to obtain a word count for a work of fiction ready for submission.
Helpful tips for new writers to avoid scams in the publishing world.