1 - A good habit Read a lot. If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. This comes from Mr Stephen King, a guy who should know a thing or two about writing... 2 - Omnivorous reading habits are better Read books pertaining to many different genres. And if you think it's a waste of time, go read Range by David Epstein. It's a very well-written book. Above all, it can be an eyeopener. However for those who are in a time crunch, the book is about the importance that knowing a bit from many different domains can have. In fact, this … [Read more...] about 12 Good Habits for Writers to Enormously Improve the Quality of Their Books
The most important thing for a beginning writer is that of discovering who he really is. At first blush this might look like a selfish thing to do. Instead it's the opposite. In fact, the more you know yourself, the more you know how to apply the rules of writing to your work. You take what you like and are comfortable with, and toss out, adapt, or reinvent everything else.I mean, if you write he go into the shop because you've decided to ditch the "es" for the singular third person, I can choose not to read your book because your departure from the norm I don't like, or don't feel … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing for a Beginning Writer
Some people, think happy endings are rubbish. They think happy endings are so unrealistic only unredeemable simpletons and people with dubious intellectual honesty can enjoy them. These self appointed gurus think happy endings are bad because they don't help us grow and get any wiser in the ways of life, and are not even that great in terms of creativity. But...Is it really so? One basic consideration To start with, any reader with a fair share of books under their belt knows that among the many millions in print nowadays there are plenty of horribly written books both among the … [Read more...] about Happy Endings and Tragic Endings — Is One Type better Than the Other?
It doesn't matter whether I'm writing a terrifying horror novel or an intimate piece about childhood -- writing always offers me many occasions to experience happiness. There's the moment I come up with a new idea for a story; the moment I finish the first draft; the moment I reread my work for the umpteenth time and decide it's done. Also, the moment when, while rereading I come across same passages I had sort of forgotten, and I particularly like them. As a matter of fact, there are so many of such moments of happiness that even when I'm wading through a truculent or deeply disturbing … [Read more...] about The Happiness of Writing Stories