Simon scuffed his wellies off on the stones leading up to the old cottage and ducked his head before stepping through the open door into thick darkness. Ready to pull his ID card from his pocket, he called out, “Inspector Hay here, looking for Mrs. Featherbody. Anybody home?” Once inside, he saw what was left of the pull chain to a ceiling lamp, and he pulled the short chain carefully, glancing around the room full of what could have been his grandmother’s furniture, at least what he could see of it.
Creative and Memoir Writing Feb. 15, 2023
We read the published work to find out what works, at least as a writer. I have been writing for decades, and I still read to find out what works, especially in the genres I enjoy reading and writing and the new work just emerging.
Creative and Memoir Writing February 6, 2023
This next bit of advice is important so read it through thoughtfully: Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Think about this: if you know someone wants something, a part of your brain is going to read to find out if they ever got it.
Creative and Memoir Writing
Your job in that first draft is to think through who did what to whom, where and why, and then who got in the way. That may sound like a mystery or thriller, or sci-fi. But those words get you to the heart of every single story.
Creative Writing and Memoir Jan 18, 2023
If you want to publish something significant, it really helps if you have some name recognition. You get that by getting published. Starting small. Like articles. Like entering contests. Like putting your toe in the water where the water is warm and friendly at first.
Creative and Memoir Writing Class
The first mistake that we talked about was the idea that you had to write “the most beautiful prose in order to write a story that holds the reader’s attention.” The reality is that by the time you purchase or borrow from the library any book, it has been through the hands and efforts of many professional editors. So, just get your story down; remember that the first draft is just a first draft. Once you have your ideas on paper, you can polish them to your heart’s content, and your editor’s heart’s content.
Fiction and Memoir Class – November 2022
Often your words gave me similar impressions that embedded in my mind and made it crackle. I like crackling. You also made me better understand the additional peril for the immigrants when they tried to sound more English to avoid being attacked by them.
Creative and Memoir Writing November 2, 2022
I sent them my third revision of my query letter, 15 pages of the manuscript (as they asked), and a synopsis of the book. Now, I did know that their services came at a fee, but at the end of two or three months, they would give me a list of 25 agents who handled books like mine…and were looking for such a manuscript.
Creative and Memoir Writing Class Notes
October 26, 2022 Carol Brennan King We have been talking about writing techniques useful for both fiction and nonfiction or memoir writing. Then this last week, I was reminded of the power of voice in both genres. So next week, well, this week in class, I will tell you the story of the importance of…Read more Creative and Memoir Writing Class Notes
For Memoir Writers and Thriller Writers
Let what you have written gel for a while, and sifting through for your most intriguing ideas, search for the stories that are emerging, and the stories that link together in a way that your reader is pulled along. You are looking for stories that will stand alone, yet connect with each other in that Triptych frame.