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 ‘Tips for Beginners’ Category
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.
It doesn’t matter if you write fiction or nonfiction. You have to know the basics.
An article on getting science right in SF stories.
Article by Melisa Michaels on how to build a writing career.
Writerisms describes overused and misused language. In more direct words: find ‘em, root ‘em out, and look at your prose without the underbrush.