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.
Tag: writing process
The first poems I ever wrote were pitiful creatures.
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. […]
Gone are the days when writing was an affair strictly between pen and paper; fingertips and the keys of a typewriter. As technology advanced, so have the methods of writing. Today you can find a myriad of applications to use, whether on your laptop or smartphone, to enhance and compliment your writing experience. Here are the three apps I found most useful as a writer: Hemingway App – This app is a proofreader that looks for common errors that hinder your writing. Its goal is to help polish your work with a concise, minimalist approach. What does it do? The […]
As I was writing PCSR, I struggled because I wanted to use words that brought my world to life. I felt myself resorting to words like “rough” or “glowing” to describe what I was seeing in my head but I felt these words were lacking. This is why it’s important, in my opinion, for every writer to have a thesaurus. I’m not going to say that you, as a writer, should pump up your vocabulary skills like a weight training champion. No, no. What I will tell you is this: there is value in learning new words to use for […]
Writers are people, too. We, like many humans, experience fear, and anxiety when it comes to stringing our souls across the page in sentences. There’s an uncertainty that inherently comes with being a writer and it’s born out of our humanity. Here are three fears we writers must face: You have zero talent. I’m guilty of this without a doubt. Every time someone compliments my work, I fight the urge to say, “It’s okay. You can be honest and tell me it’s shit.” Even if I don’t mean that – even if I know the moment someone criticizes it, I’m part […]