Writing tips and things

things

Some writing tips for authors make you want to rebel. No matter what the vocabulary gatekeepers say, there is sweetness in using words that you and a major part of the rest of the world grew up with—using them the natural way, aberrations and all. Word wisdom I thought about this recently while editing a […]

10-finger writing dance

the typewriter dance

Sometimes, I unknowingly time travel when I am writing. Some word or phrase I am wrestling with triggers that travel. Once upon a time, my father had an Underwood typewriter. He used it occasionally to communicate with others and I used it often to communicate with myself; it was a gleaming machine I couldn’t resist […]

Why print books rule

print books in the rest(ful) room

What is it about print books that makes them so much more cuddly than digital books? Is it the “feel” everybody keeps talking about: the high you derive from sensory connection, the warmth of paper that digital devices somehow lack? Or is it the fact most of us learnt our ABCs on paper and, given […]

Timed creative writing

missing muse

It is one thing being someone engaged with creative writing, like an author. It is another being a banker or a factory supervisor and working x hours a day on the same old loans, the same old cars. The same old targets for so many billions in the credit portfolio and for so many wheels […]

Online authors’ tools

spruce for twitter

I have some unusual and interesting websites for authors today. These websites perform a variety of services for users. Spruce the tweet up I really like this one, because I go with the belief that images improve your tweets. Spruce is an online site that enables you to make “instant” images with text for Twitter. […]

Writer’s block: know when to run

writer's block: we start young

This writer’s block thing… My first experience with writer’s block was in Grade X. Every week, our English Language and English Literature teacher, Fr. Eugene L Watrin, SJ—I am sure that perfectionist’s soul is feasting on the Library of Heaven—set us two essays to write as homework. That particular day, I came to school essayless, […]

Book descriptions: KISS

literary agent's card

Harder to write book descriptions than to write the books, isn’t it? This world wants you to strip, right down to the bones. Twitter wants you to tell stories in 140 characters. Spaces included. Old time authors wouldn’t find 140 characters enough for the first line of the first paragraph of their first chapters. Smashwords […]

Novel writing down the years

the medulla oblangatoad

Do authors of a given generation tend to be analogous in their novel writing styles? To put it differently, are authors more influenced by the writing styles of their contemporaries than by those of authors past? Those two questions give rise to an ancillary one: are today’s authors also influenced by a “keep it short, […]

All about writing hohum

write without fear

Are you writing real? I mean, humdrum real? I know, most of the conscious authors—at least, those who don’t do “unreal”, like fantasy—try hard to keep their characters, settings and dialogs real. But humdrum real? The maid Janet quits because her jealous mistress makes nasty, for the nth time. She collects her wages and is […]

Obese files, other tools for authors

guide to grammar and writing

It’s time again for leads to some online tools and resources for authors. Remember, as an author, you want to—painstakingly—do your research, verify your facts, get your characters, professions, names, settings and language right for the periods you are writing about. You also want to use tools that save time, effort and cost. Having said […]