Writing Tips for Beginners: The Skeleton: Writing your first draft

Now that you have your writing space and instruments all picked out, you’re ready to get your first draft written. Important to remember: your first draft will not be 100%. That’s okay. No one’s ever is. As many writers note, don’t worry about getting it right. Get it written. Anything that needs to be fixed […]

Guest Post: Nikki McDonagh: Nadsat, Newspeak and Bubchat: Creative use of language in novels

I have been reading mostly science fiction books lately, and I have begun to question why a lot of writers choose not to modify the language they use to create a sense of another time and place. It seems that in the future, vocabulary will remain the same and people will talk to each other […]

Writing Tips for Beginners #2: Pens to Paper: Writing Instruments Facilitate Your Creativity

Writing instruments seem like such a minute topic that it’s almost laughable to talk about. So why are we talking about it? I’ll give you three reasons. 1.) J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter on a typewriter. 2.) My friend Gary Jackson wrote, “Missing You: Metropolis,” on a computer. 3.) I do most of my […]

Writing Tips for Beginners: #1. In The Beginning: Writing Your First Story

Whenever I tell people I’m a writer there’s always at least one person who says they wish they could write. But they don’t know where to start. My response is always the same. Start with the first sentence. Whatever the first thing is that comes to mind when you think about or talk about your […]

Writing Tips for Beginners: For The Love Of The Craft

So, you want to write. To that I say welcome to the madness that is the writer’s club. Like all good creative professions writing is filled with as much triumph as it is heartache. Characters live. Characters die. Good ideas come and go. You will often feel like you’re in a race between getting your […]