Category Archive: Writing Tips

David Mitchell: Stories Have a Number of Beginnings

My writer crush might be getting out of hand….

Why We Write…

In honor of NaNoWrimo, I was asked by the good folks over at Webucator to talk a bit about my experience with writing, my goals, and what motivates to continue writing despite how… Continue reading


I’m about 40% into my novel-in-progress and the process has been both terrifying and exhilarating. Terrifying because I’m a pantser, not a plotter. I don’t tend to think about plot until I’m nearly… Continue reading

Creating a Scene

There’s a pink post-it on the notice board above my desk with the word ‘Obstacles’ scrawled on it three times. All Caps. Underlined. Beside it is a paler pink one with the word… Continue reading

Author ~ Text ~ Reader

I’ve always viewed writing as a three-way relationship between author, text, and reader. The author exists before and beyond the text he creates, bringing to it his personal experience, history, and ideas. The… Continue reading

Why I Write ~ George Orwell

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some… Continue reading

Elements of Authorial Control

Have you ever been reading a book and thought to yourself, “Man, I’m in good hands here.”? Sometimes I come across a book and while I’m in the process of reading it I… Continue reading

Lolita ~ Reading like a Writer

I’ve been away for far too long, I know. The semester is winding down, and I’m busy organizing my writing portfolio for submission in addition to the essay I need to submit for… Continue reading

Reading, Writing, and the Musicality of Prose

Apologies for the radio silence this last week. I’ve been busy getting my ducks in a row for school. I just finished picking my Options course for my first semester: Acts of Story-Telling:… Continue reading

Dialogue Dilemmas

Dialogue is one of the things writers struggle with. It was discussed in most, if not all, of my pre-reading books on the craft, and I’ve never really understood the problem here. I’m… Continue reading

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