Story Ideas: Where Can You Find Creative Writing Ideas?

Why are you looking for creative writing ideas? Does that heading come across as a little aggressive? It will, if you feel guilty about looking for ideas. But why would you feel guilty about looking for ideas? I suppose because: a writer is an artist. Artists should get their ideas from inspiration artistic creation should… Continue reading Story Ideas: Where Can You Find Creative Writing Ideas?

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Character Creation: What Characters Are Really For

You will have noticed that I take exception to deconstruction – the practice of textual analysis to find out how a story works. It’s fascinating but creatively empty. You can’t learn to tell stories from it, because it doesn’t reveal how the author tried to reach his objective. Through the story creation process, the author… Continue reading Character Creation: What Characters Are Really For

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The Fiction of Genre And What It’s Really For

I strongly suspect you already know whether your book is going to be Science Fiction or not. I’m pretty sure, in fact, that you had a shrewd idea of what type of science fiction it was before you read “How To Decide What You’re Writing.” Although this discussion pretends to be about Science Fiction, what it’s really about is genre, and what, if anything, it’s for.

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On Ghostwriters: What is a Ghostwriter & When Should You Hire One?

In the popular imagination, ruthless publicists seek ghostwriters to write books for feckless celebrities, so that soccer players and glamor models can cash in on fame’s brief bubble while it lasts, and perhaps gain a little credibility by showing that they possess basic literacy skills.

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