A Writing Exercise Courtesy of Harlan Ellison

I have a writing exercise for you. I’d like you to produce a short story using the premise “The 102-year old pregnant corpse”. It’s currently 1 p.m. and I’d like…

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Bad writing for beginners

Toby Litt on bad writing: Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or…

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Five quotes on writing from Ian Rankin

I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends. I don’t have many friends. It’s not because…

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Prolific writers

According to Guinness World Records, L. Ron Hubbard is credited with having the most published works by one author (1,084). But the man who once said, “You don’t get rich…

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J K Rowling on rejection slips (and more!)

A fascinating interview with J K Rowling (AKA Robert Galbraith) in The Guardian.   J K Rowling on rejection slips: … the first publisher ever to turn down Harry [Potter]…

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Seven things writers should remember

A gentle reminder from Joe Konrath … This post goes out to no one in particular for no particular reason. Maybe it will motivate some. Maybe it will make others…

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The Myth of The Lazy Writer

Hugh Howey, writing in Publishers Weekly; The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who…

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The benefit of my experience

Or how John Steinbeck kept from going nuts … … let me give you the benefit of my experience in facing 400 pages of blank stock—the appalling stuff that must…

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171 words of wisdom every writer should read

A couple of weeks ago, Joe Konrath published a blog post entitled “The Path to Success”. It’s not a long post, and it concludes with this, 171 words that sum…

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Why KDP is for chumps

Hugh Howey, best-selling author of Wool and numerous other novels and novellas, admits to being a chump. For over 20 years, he says, he dreamed of writing, but thought his…

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