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dale-estey's picture
May.18.2013
I have envy for writers who fill hundreds of filing cards to take notes for their novels. I imagine them shuffling the deck and doing marvellous tricks. And I find it impressive when authors have sheets of paper filling their walls, sticky notes posted all over, with lines and arrows and question...
kristen-j-tsetsi's picture
Oct.03.2012
A friend told me I was being too “journalistic” when answering interview questions about Pretty Much True… :   You wrote a fictional story in which the characters and actions were different but the feelings and the fear were the same. Get PERSONAL. I never wanted to do that before, because I...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.25.2011
12 Spotify Playlists for WritersBy Jason Boog The streaming music service Spotify allows readers to create and share playlists drawn from millions of songs online. Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. Once you have an account, we’ve rounded up twelve Spotify...
dale-estey's picture
Feb.28.2010
CHILLIN LIKE A VILLAIN by ~LaMeep on deviantART      My villains, if not yet having their day in court (which they will never receive), seem to have established themselves. And taken me to forty-six thousand words. And approach the end of a chapter - always an extra difficult chore for me...
dale-estey's picture
Nov.18.2009
I had introduced a character and written about him for a week without giving him a first name. Or, more accurately - finding out his name. But the time came when the other character, who arrived with first name no problem at all, wanted to know the man's first name. A reasonable question for the...
zachary-appanaitis's picture
Oct.01.2009
As I am working on my novel, I find myself playing the story out like a movie in my head and doing my best to describe or narrate that movie to the reader.  It seems to be my preferred process for transferring my story to paper, but I was curious to know how other writers attack the same task. ...
jt-ellison's picture
Dec.12.2008
Since we're crashing into a new year, I've decided to make some serious, major changes to my writing life. I am always looking for better, more efficient ways to work. It stems from both my obsessive-compulsive need to be organized and my overwhelming love of office products. Getting gift cards to...
brian-mckee's picture
Dec.07.2008
I've been working very sporadically on my outline. Its difficult work because I'm actually trying "feel" the depth of the piece in advance. I find myself designing the characters up front. I'm considering how they will each interact with the main character and what each will learn from...
brian-mckee's picture
Nov.16.2008
I'm working on a new story. Its based mostly on personal experience, but its completely fictional. I started writing it the way I always do. I typed what ever entered my mind. But I approached it from a different perspective. Instead of trying to put down the plot as fast as I could to see where...