Using zombies to spot the passive voice

Writers are generally encouraged to avoid the passive voice because … well, it’s passive. Take sentences like: My car was stolen yesterday. The meeting was called off. The window was…

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Things you don’t know you know

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

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Neil Gaiman on Piracy

“I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up, they put my stories up, they put my stuff up on the web. And I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright.”

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Quotes : Rebecca West

“If one is a woman writer there are certain things one must do. First, not be too good; second, die young. What an edge Katherine Mansfield has on all of…

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So, how much have you written today?

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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How to write a novel in 10 days

Several years ago, US author Dean Wesley Smith wrote a novel in 10 days — and documented the process on the web, charting his progress with regular (and often multiple)…

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Had a bad review? Check these out!

Even the esteemed New York Times doesn’t always get it right, as these blasts from the past show … “Shall we frankly declare that, after the most deliberate consideration of…

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Stay away from traditional book publishing

Dean Wesley Smith knows a thing or two about writing. He’s a prolific, with almost two hundred novels and hundreds of short stories under his belt. In forty years in…

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Quote: Stephen King

Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. … If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Stephen…

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Quote: Joe Konrath, Publishing is a lottery

No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more likely to lose the…

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