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Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects Don’t just dive into your writing projects. It doesn’t work. How do I know? Because it’s my default approach to writing, and I have boxes (and hard drives) full of unfinished stories. But allow me to clarify: By...
Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail I have a tendency to write lean — as in close-to-the-bone. Take me as a cautionary tale. In other words, writers, don’t be stingy with the detail. In my college days, I was compared to Hemingway from time to time,...
Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2 In the writing process, it takes two ideas–rubbing against one another–to make a satisfying premise. In this post, I’m going to give a real-world example. I don’t know George R. R. Martin, and...
Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas One idea isn’t enough. In the writing and ideation process, it takes two ideas rubbing against one another. If you’re doing fiction, you need two or more concepts in order to have a viable premise. But they can’t be just any...