H.P. Lovecraft quote

7 Ways of Suspense

Readers should keep turning the pages and will not put the book down. That’s what novelists have to create: novels that are natural page-turners that critics will rave. Writing a novel requires constant forward movement to get the readers excited to move on the next page. In order to sustain that forward movement, writers need Read more about 7 Ways of Suspense[…]

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My 10 Must Have Apps

I treat my writing job as a career and business. So to stay on top of the league, I should have productivity apps in my “tool box”. But for most freelancers, one deciding factor is if it’s free. The apps I mentioned here are free and web-based. Yes, you read it right, F-R-E-E. Although most of Read more about My 10 Must Have Apps[…]

quote from Sylvia Plath

Don’t Be A Victim Of This Writing Myth

 Once upon a time, we believed that writers get a stroke of inspiration from the muses. They sit down and pour out their emotions and transform them into words on paper. It was the stroke a an Inspired Genius. But like the muses, those writers were just myths. Writing doesn’t work that way. And if Read more about Don’t Be A Victim Of This Writing Myth[…]

Doris Lessing quote

The Fiction Writer’s 10 Commandments

When it comes to creative writing, no commandments are carved in stone. Any writer can bend, twist, stretch, crush, or shred any of the rules of writing that has been handed down by mentors and known authors we all want to become. However, there are still “laws” that are common among all writers that to Read more about The Fiction Writer’s 10 Commandments[…]

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When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic

After winning Honorable Mention in a screenplay writing contest, I lent my screenplay manuscript to a  co-worker for her to read. When she returned to me the manuscript, she said, “…the story is good, but it’s episodic…” Hearing the word “episodic”, I immediately agreed because in my thoughts the story was also based in some Read more about When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic[…]

Steven Amsterdam quote

Are Your Characters Running On Empty?

You have seen this cycle before. You’re writing a novel or screenplay. You have a great idea, so great that you dream it will become the next bestseller or award-winning film. You spend days outlining and writing the first few pages. Then… you lose steam. It becomes harder to write. The momentum goes down. Writer’s Read more about Are Your Characters Running On Empty?[…]

Kaui Hart Hemmings quote

Character’s Goal

You have a story but it seems that the pages feel slow and aimless. You check the character and the premise, both are good enough to move the story. However, there’s a problem in the handling of the characters’ goals. We as writers understand what a goal is in storytelling. It is what the main Read more about Character’s Goal[…]

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6 Good Reasons Why You Should Give Crime Fiction A Chance

There are those people who rarely read crime fiction and have good reasons to do so. But, if they give crime fiction a chance, they will understand why there is such a genre. Here are the reasons why: 1. Non-fiction provides you the facts. The fiction about it provides you the feelings. Most of us Read more about 6 Good Reasons Why You Should Give Crime Fiction A Chance[…]

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (2000, Scribner) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is Stephen King’s book after his car accident in 1999. It is basically a memoir that documents his experiences as a writer and at the same time, relays his advice for aspiring writers. In 2010, Scribner published Read more about On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft[…]

Jean Luc Godard quote on writing

Organize Your Writing

Staring at a blank page is dreadful for a writer. The question, “What will I write?” is really not a problem. It’s the question “How do I start?” that matters. Most of us often underestimate the planning of things because we’re obsessed with the goal. We have the clear picture of the end product but Read more about Organize Your Writing[…]

Stephen King

Make The Time To Write

Writing is a juggling act. A writer juggles his job, family, friends, recreation, and writing. Some writers grow weary of the constant juggling act and give up writing. Others like me struggle to keep going. “How do you find time to write?” has been a common question to writers or among writers. The answer depends Read more about Make The Time To Write[…]