A Writer’s Hygiene – 1,000 Nights of Short Stories, Poetry, and Essays

I seem to be a glutton for challenges these days. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story advice, I’m two-and-a-half weeks into one of his other (paraphrased) suggestions: Every day, for the next 1,000 days, read one short story, one poem, and one essay. That’s just a small part of this amazing speech he gave in 2001. Spend some time watching …

…and the point goes to The Process!

I did it. I managed to keep a promise to myself and wrote every day last week, analyzing my POV and MRU efficiency afterward. I also took time each evening to reread the associated chapters from Writing and Selling Your Novel. Though the temptation was there, I never read ahead. I think I’m a little too close to the writing …

Why So Serious?

Because I need to be. Fighting my natural instincts, I’ve spent the last two days chewing over and taking to heart what I wrote in my last article. The results? I wrote 2065 words in three separate sittings. Just writing scenes. It didn’t matter if it was tied to my current novel. I just wrote whatever I felt like writing. …

Day Thirty-Three – Fast Forward

Firstly, a big “Thank You” to my readers. I appreciate your awesome responses to yesterday’s post. It sounds like, for the most part, you’re all on the same page as me. A little research is useful when needed but save the heavy stuff for Round Two. Today, I put down 174 words toward what I currently picture as my final …

Day Thirty-One – Pointless View

Wrote 960 words today. They were all done on a POV exercise. I know Dwight Swain isn’t a fan, but I still find different exercises helpful. Ironically, this is actually an exercise put together by Jack Bickham, one of Swain’s students. It comes from Writing and Selling Your Novel. The idea is to take a paragraph that sets up a …

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In addition to prose copy, I decided to create another daily exercise for myself. I’ll take a random sentence describing an event from a bird’s-eye view and attempt to draw the scene out in more detail. Now, I look at this as strictly an exercise — much like training for an athletic event. A lot of times you push yourself …