Month: April 2012

When Writing Is It

Some people ask, how do you know you’re a writer? Answers vary: when I’ve finished the first draft of my first novel; when I’ve been accepted by an agent; when I’ve been published; when I’ve sold X amount of books; when I’m an answer on Jeopardy! I think the answer is more simple and more…

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Inefective Ink Prompt

The lovely folks over at Inefective Ink have loads of prompts that you can pick from. However, for this week’s Saturday pages, I offer you my favorite: The seance was a far greater success than any of us were prepared for. Check out their full list of prompts here.

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Quick Change Artist

Something you’ll notice very quickly when you read Pratchett is that, for a lot of his books, he doesn’t stay in one place long.  Pratchett likes to skip around POVs.  The question is, why?  (Jenny may chime in on this one, because this bouncing is one of her pet peeves with Pratchett.) Sometimes, authors use…

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Terry Pratchett’s Volume: High

A couple weekends ago, I attended an event hosted by the Pikes Peak Library District called the Mountain of Authors. It is exactly that: a mountain of traditionally published authors and self published authors all crammed together to listen to panels, talk about writing and publishing trends, and sell books. There must’ve been about thirty…

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With Pictures!

We all know how fantastic Terry Pratchett is, but today I’m going to give some kudos to his illustrators. Over the years, Mr. Pratchett has had a number of different artists do Discworld pieces, and then, he started working with Paul Kidby. Paul Kidby’s style is a superb fit for Pratchett’s tone. Look at these…

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The Rule of Three in Discworld

Perhaps you have heard of the ‘Rule of Three’ in comedy writing. For those that haven’t, I point you to a really down-and-dirty quick definition/explantion by John Kinde: “The first two items in the triplet set the pattern (the “straight” line) and the third item breaks the pattern (the curve/the twist/the derailment). Breaking the pattern…

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Underwater Inspiration

Underwater New York wants you to write a piece in 500 words or less that is inspired by one of the items on their list. Here’s the call for submissions. The list is definitely an eclectic assortment of items and I’m sure you can find at least one that gets your writer brain ticking. Click…

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Illustrations and Story: The Last Hero

Novels and short stories, by their nature, are word-based. According to this article from the New York Times, “Your Brain on Fiction,”: “Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and…

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