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22 07, 2014

What to do when writing tips contradict

2019-10-03T18:01:24+00:00July 22, 2014|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Since no two minds work precisely the same way, no two writers are going to approach planning, plot structure, character development, research, writing, and editing exactly the same way. A method that works for one author might result in utter failure for another.

29 05, 2012

When it comes to writing, how much planning is too much?

2019-09-30T17:58:40+00:00May 29, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If the first draft allows the writer to indulge in a carefree orgy of imagination, a Wild West of whimsy, and a devil-may-care series of experiments, then the editing process demands the writer to abstain, rein it in, and exorcise a host of demons.

10 04, 2012

Friends and family of writers, beware

2019-09-30T14:50:27+00:00April 10, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Joseph Epstein said, “Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies.” He was referring to minor counts of plagiarism—an apt description, a novel turn of phrase, a treatment of syntax that (with a minor tweak) we could pass off as our own brilliant invention. However, the thievery doesn’t end there.

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