Monday, March 25, 2013

Writing Tips - beginning a new series

"The Lease You Should Know" series is over.

Awwww.

Yes, I'm sorry, but it is. I have given you all the information I can about the least you should know about grammar. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be happy to run a post on any question you might have.

For our next series, we are going to run writing tips for you.

Yay!

Okay, the applause was actually in my head, but that's okay. I heard it and it counts.

I'd like this to be an interactive series. If you find writing tips, please include them in your comments or contact me with them and I'll pass them along to my blog readers.

So, without hesitation, our first tip. Of course, it's from Stephen King. My all time favorite person to go to when I need a writing tip.


"If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."


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Other authors have said the same thing in different ways.

A Christian novel author, Karen Kingsbury said, "If you want to write a mystery, read mysteries. If you want to write a Christian romance, read Christian romances. You must be well versed in the type of genre you wish to write. Editors and agents will expect this."

Zadie Smith, the freshest and most ambitious voices of her generation said this, "When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else."

Michael Moorcock said the first rule given to him by T.H. White (author of The Sword in the Stone) was: "Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and start reading everything else from Bunyan to Byatt."

And, finally, from P.D. James, "Read widely and with discrimination. bad writing is contagious."


So there you have it. Read and Write. A lot.

Come back here next Monday for more writing tips.

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