Nothing’s original, but character voice makes you stick around. Character voice is the most important aspect of any storytelling medium, in my opinion. I think writers need to focus on their voice and what makes their story stand out.
Writing a rudimentary, no-frills haiku is easy. You can do it in 60 seconds. However, if you want to go beyond the basics and create a truly amazing haiku, you’ll need to take your time and do a little extra work.
We write what we know, but do we really know how we write? Indie author Doug Schwartz explains how to write like yourself.
At first glance, it seems easy to write like Jane Austen. But it’s actually a lot trickier than it looks.
To me, the point of writing is to benefit the reader in some way. Where I get my gears in a grind over literary fiction is when it seems to be written more for the glorification of the author than for the benefit of any reader.
Just like baking, it’s important to have all the ingredients and mix them well! Good storytelling shines through, I think, and the more you write, the better you become.
Present-day mystery and alternative history require research; otherwise one trips over the sort of people who know stuff. And believe me, they will jump on you if you put a pinkie wrong.
Strong characters are a must. I don’t have to like the characters, but I have to have some point to relate to
Capturing the nuances of Laura Ingalls Wilders' settings, themes, and narrative style can be unexpectedly challenging … and controversial.
If I could change anything from childhood, it would be to seek out more writer friends and communities. I spent a lot of time envisioning myself as a guy alone in a room, manufacturing the sublime out of nothing, and all that’s done is slow down my learning curve. Being part of a conversation and sharing more probably would have sped up the process.