Archive for the 'writing' Category

02
May
08

10 Steps to becoming a better writer

I have just read Stephen King‘s On Writing which is a pared down version of a how to write fiction with an element of biography thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend it, it’s like a creative writing course with the bullshit thrown out. I’m not usually a fan of King’s writing. However, he is a master story teller and has the chinks to prove it.

To Pare down the craft of writing even more take a look at the Brian Clark video.

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02
May
08

All Story’ Short Fiction Contest

Larry MarksonImage via Wikipedia

The ‘All Story’ Short fiction contest opens July 1st 2008. First Prize of $1,000 is offered with a second prize of $500 and $250 for third. If you would like to see the standard required for entry. Click Here for last years winning entry.

It’s not all about cash though. The winners and honourable mentions will be considered for representation by such esteemed agencies as the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

For more details see their website or email contests@all-story.com

If you want to submit a story for publication; they get around 12000 submissions a year, so competition is tough. see the submission guide lines HERE

31
Mar
08

Your Life in 6 Words

Smith Mag has invited people to share their life stories in six words. The “sixcinct” autobiographies can be read HERE. You can also submit your own. One of my favourites is communist health nut, hammer and cycle.”.

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15
Mar
08

Idea Generator

When planning writing ideas have you ever considered mind mapping? Mind mapping is a method of brainstorming that helps you to visualize your ideas and to build on them with other related ideas. Problogger has written an excellent post on the subject and is worth a try. If you are struggling to fill a page when free writing. Mind maps can help you to organise your thoughts in a structured way. Find the article HERE

If you are technical minded, why not try the free mind map software on download.com HERE.

15
Mar
08

The Writer’s Notebook

Whether for writing snippets of figurative language, recording reading habits or to store useful phrases which may be called into action as and when required. Whatever the reason, it is universally acknowledged that a notebook is an essential tool for any writer. My notebook is a mess. It is full of rants and raves, interspersed with observations and ideas interrupted with the odd haiku. But the question remains, Which notebook is best? Picasso, Wordsworth and Hemingway used a Moleskine, which is a good quality notebook. However, a new player has come to the market. Field Notes notebookField Notes have produced three 48 page memo books in a vintage style in an attempt to challenge Molekine’s dominance. The answer to which notebook question will always be personal preference. For myself, I use a very ordinary ‘no brand’ notebook from Tesco, priced at 72 pence. Does the same job as the expensive branded notebooks, at a fraction of the cost.