Tag: novel writing
More than a few MFA teachers talk about the politics of their English departments in such a way that it sounds like an episode of House of Cards. Criticizing students, fellow teachers, the program, or even the effectiveness of creative writing programs in general — it has to be a careful dance. One ex-teacher, now freed of such considerations, has let it rip in an article called "Things I can say about MFA writing programs now that I no longer teach in one."
Here are 12 favorite BookBaby articles to inspire and aide you in your quest to write a novel!
So here's 4 things to keep in mind as you journey through the middle of your own novel-writing experience:1) If the structure of your story is pre-determined, don't linger on any one plot point longer than you need to. Tell it well and move along.
Is it possible to make your own MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing? Probably not, but we outline a plan that will make you a better writer if you stick with it long enough.
Writing a novel is a little like getting back in shape. When you're towards the beginning of the process, it's sometimes easier to read ABOUT the work than to actually DO the work. See, here you are reading this! (Which I appreciate, by the way.) But let's face it, unless you're trying to solve some specific problem of character, plot, or tone, chances are good that you're going to learn more by actually writing than by reading ABOUT writing! When we're being honest with ourselves, we know if we're on the right track or not. So stop reading this; glue your butt to your chair; trust your intuition; play around on the page; try out different possibilities; and — as NIKE says — Just Do It! No distractions. No excuses.
Writing a novel: free resources for authorsWait – you're still reading? OK. Well, writing IS hard work, after all — so...
The following writing tips will help you finish writing your novel without going totally insane!
Ever given up on writing a book when it was halfway finished?Lots of writers run out of steam along the way. Others don’t even begin: they have a great idea, but are creatively paralyzed at the starting line. And worse still, some writers struggle all the way from the first sentence to the last line ... only to find that their book needs massive structural revisions. They might even scrap it completely. You don't want to find yourself there. Instead, set yourself up for success right from the start of the journey. Here’s how.
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