The first book in a series

You’re reading a book. It’s the first book in a series, and it’s so well written and with such an interesting plot that you feel certain you’ve found an indie able to write as well as anyone of the big names–and an indie writing right in the genre you prefer! You turn a page after the other. You die to know how it ends. It doesn’t matter if it’s a whole planet that’s in predicament, if the hero’s sanity is about to be shattered, or if June is about to leave Anthony for good. You need to know how it ends. Sure,…

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How to edit your first draft

how to edit your first draft

You might have read somewhere that certain writers don’t revise. Simply, they write their stories as they come to them and that’s it. Legend would have it that their first drafts are so perfectly written that they don’t require any editing and can instantly be turned into books. Well, as this article points out that’s nonsense.  The simple truth  is that more often than not first drafts are a mess. They are full of holes and the writing is a long way from compelling, to say the least.  This notwithstanding, first drafts are important because once you have finished one, you can look…

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Creative writing tips–write what you don’t know

We should always keep in mind that creative writing tips are just like signposts. They don’t make a story. But when there is a story, then they can help us to make it shine at its brightest. In my last post  (write what you know–what does it really mean?) we have seen how such a piece of advice can be misleading if interpreted too narrowly. Indeed, if we wrote exclusively what we have direct experience of most likely we would end up finding our writing sessions to lack of any sense of wonder and discovery. Besides, chances are that our…

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Write what you know–what does it really mean?

the call of the wild

Time is money, they say. But that’s a simplistic equation. Simplistic and outright wrong. In fact, unlike money, time is a resource we spend in any case, continuously. I mean, I’ve never seen the hands of a watch going backwards, remounting the stream of time like salmons do with rivers. Besides, my birthday’s cakes always sport an ever growing and depressingly larger number of candles. Indeed, we shouldn’t kid ourselves. Once childhood is gone, time really flies. So, given that we’re going to spend it in any case, we might at least try to optimize the way we make use of it.…

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Inner Man–a short horror story

Number 10 Vittoria Avenue. The greengrocer’s sign sported a large and purple cauliflower. Not so gracefully hand-painted, it reminded Ms Laura Ingrati of a brain overheated from too much thinking. But the fruit and the vegetables on sale in the shop were all prime, and the prices fair. Besides, Ciro, the son of the old shopkeeper, worked in there. Twenty-three years old and good-looking, Ciro had a back as large and strong as a flattop, and dark eyes deeply set into a Raffaelesque face. He trotted all day long under his father’s orders, but any time Laura came in, he…

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The advantages of note taking

Peter Rey Blog - Note taking

Ideas can pop into our mind at the most unexpected times. When this happens, our face lights up with a grin. We say to ourselves: that’s what I was waiting for, I must remember it. But looking around for a piece of paper and a pen, or just even using our cell to record a vocal note seems a bit exaggerated. After all we do have a brain, we reason. So we make a mental note and go on with whatever we were doing before inspiration struck. Now, it is certainly true that we have a brain. But it is…

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How to write beginnings –3 simple tips

plane ready to take off

The first pages of your novel are the most important ones. How to write beginnings is an art and a necessity. You must have read such claims, or variations of them, at least a million times. This is so for a simple reason: it’s true. In fact, as Les Edgerton says in Hooked, a tremendous number of possibly good and even brilliant novels and short stories never get read beyond the first few paragraphs or pages by agents and editors. If you are indies and don’t have to deal with agents and editors you could be tempted to think you are safe. But agents and…

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5 Novels to boost your creative writing skills

One very common piece of advice we can hear about how to improve our creative writing skills has to to with reading. In fact, extensive reading in the most disparate genres lay the foundations for any writer who is serious about his or her work. Indeed, reading helps a lot to develop a spontaneous feeling for the way good stories should be put together. But given that time is a precious resource, to maximize this illustrative effect we should try to focus our attention on the best books we can find around. This means those books that can be thought of…

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How to jump-start your creativity

Creativity can be a capricious companion. At times I don’t feel like writing anything at all. I mean, although my head has been buzzing with ideas all day long, as the time of my writing session gets nearer, it seems to me that my ideas dry up and vanish into thin air. Once upon a time, this used to piss me off.  But thanks to my stubbornness this is no longer the case. Freewriting, boredom, and creativity In fact, on such occasions I sit down at my desk and start pounding on my keyboard all the same. Only, as freewriting…

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