The 7 Most Useful Books on How to Write Fiction – for those who didn’t get it yet!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in On Writing

These are the books on writing that excited me most when I read them, which I still consult when I need advice. 1. Solutions for Writers by Sol Stein. First published in 2005 this is the essential guidebook on how to write for our times. Broken up into sections and covering both fiction and non fiction it contains a mother lode of practical advice on issues from the writer’s job, to the keys to swift characterisation, to adding resonance. What grabbed me about this...

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Emerging Writers: Guest Post #1 On Finding the Right Voice

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Guest Posts

Sliding on the Snow Stone author, Andy Szpuk, tells us about finding the right voice: It was back in 2007 when I conceived the idea of writing Sliding on the Snow Stone. I’d already written a box full of short stories and was developing my writing craft, taking small steps daily, and occasionally, bigger leaps. However, when my father recounted the experiences of his childhood in Ukraine and subsequent journey through the horrors of famine, Soviet Terrors and Nazi brutality...

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A short guest post: Ken Atchity – master story merchant

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Guest Posts

I met Ken Atchity on a visit to a writer’s conference in San Francisco. Ken was one of the speakers. He is both a master storyteller and a great producer. Below you will find a brief biography of Ken, and below that his answer to this question, what is your number one piece of advice for storytellers, Ken? Kenneth John Atchity or “Ken Atchity” is an American producer and author, who has worked in the world of letters as a literary manager, editor, speaker,...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: How to grab your reader’s attention!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in On Writing

. A key aspect of writing for the 21st century, applicable to non fiction and fiction, is grabbing the reader’s attention. The number of distractions people have these days was covered in my last post. Here are some techniques for grabbing the reader up front: 1. Establish credibility. If you’re being published by a major publishing house this will help, but even if you’re not you can put your key credential up front. If you spent 20 years as a gardener...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Writing fiction for the 21st century

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in On Writing

The first thing you have to do to get your fiction noticed is to write in a style that is up to date. I read a novel from a hundred years ago a while back and after page one I wanted to throw it away. The style was long-winded. Every sentence had thirty words. I could imagine the lives people lived back then, when the next interruption would be the bell for lunch, two hours from now. Readers these days live in a world of constant interruption. Media, mobiles and madness...

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