Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad; see how they do it. When a carpenter learns his trade, he does so by observing. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Whether you step away from writing for moments or years, it can be a challenge to get your head back in the game.
In an era of cell phones, tablets, minicomputers and notebooks, writing longhand doesn’t always come naturally or easily, but sometimes it works better.
Whether we write fact or fiction or both, pain can inform and enhance our work even as we put pen to paper, fingers or stylus to keypad.
It has been said that the sincerest form of flattery is imitation, and that’s no less true in writing. And imitation is a great way to learn to write better.
I saw them before he did and it sent a chill down my spine.
Most writers work at something besides writing. It might be work we do around our home, apartment or dorm, such as cleaning, organizing or cooking. Or it could be a paid job, such as dog-walking, healthcare or customer service. No matter what work we do, there are advantages to being employed in other vocations, and it’s possible to stay inspired at the same time.
The luminosity that came through the window, barely touched few objects, it almost produced no shadows. I knew well the pitfalls of that rebellious house that revenged the years of misuse by clicking worn floor planks, echoing secrets by thin partitions newly installed, watering rain by the holes of the chandeliers, for long opaque of dust and loneliness.
One of the most intriguing ways to show what your characters are made of is to give them a dilemma that forces them to reveal who they are to the reader, to themselves and to you.
We Italians have a saying: The world is beautiful because it has variety. In writing, one of the most rewarding and difficult skills to master is the ability to aptly describe a person or create a character who’s different than we are without defaulting to stereotypes.