Writing is born through instinct and practice. If you want the stories you write to be effective and structured in a consistent manner, it couldn’t hurt to review the basics. Obviously, grammar and spelling are important, but today, I’m referring to the basic elements of fiction: style, theme, character, point of view, plot, and setting.
Category: Creative Writing Advice
It’s a strange experience when I speak to non-writers about receiving rejection letters. To the outside world, hearing nothing at all is the greatest of news. Inside a writer’s world, it’s silent code for “no, we are not interested in your work.” Which, if I’m being honest, stings a little. No one likes being ignored but the fact is, writing is competitive and with thousands of people emailing agents, I understand why it’s the natural order of things. It’s a strange experience because a non-writer’s automatic reaction is usually along the lines of “I’m so sorry. They’ll rue the day…” […]
The first poems I ever wrote were pitiful creatures.
Since the summer quarter of college ended, I couldn’t wait to get back into reading. There’s pleasure in reading because I want to and not because a paper is due next week. From the moment I stepped into my apartment, I slid a book off the shelf. The sound of it was relief, a wanting I could deny no longer, and as I turned the first page, a sacred ritual of sorts, a sigh escaped — I was home. Here is everything I’ve read since that day. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see […]
If there is one consistent factor when it comes to querying, it’s the waiting game. It can take anywhere from weeks to months before you hear anything back. The phrase “No news is good news” is no longer a comfort. In the writing world, no news is the most commonly expressed NO. Two months ago, I queried an agent regarding my completed manuscript. I finally received word and though it is a rejection, it was nice of him to get back to me. August 15, 2017 Dear Ari: Thank you very much for sending me DESIDERIUM and thank you for your […]
Thanks to my love affair with Sleeping At Last’s latest releases, I’m inspired. This week, I want to explore the senses: smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. I won’t overwhelm you with them all this week but I can promise interesting ways to say “smells nice” and “that’s stinky”. Aromatic (adj.) – pleasant and distinctive smell. Briny (adj.) – salty water smell, like the sea. Rank (adj.) – strong aroma, a bad smell; not soft or fresh. Ambrosial (adj.) – a succulent sweet smell; divine and fragrant. Piquant (adj.) – a tangy, zingy smell; strong odor that tickles the nose. […]
This week I’m going to define colors and not just the boring ones! Why is this important? Why can’t one simple shade of blue be enough? Well, when it comes to descriptive writing, color influences tone. Color can represent emotion. Color can also have an effect on the reader. For example, describing a sunset as bright red will affect the reader differently than describing it as a soft corn-yellow. Variations in color can indicate variations in life. Cerulean – a color of deep blue similar to a clear sky. Amaranth – Reddish-rose with a range between a purplish-red to a […]