Category Archives: WRITING

18 gems about writing from 16¼ great authors

1. If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. – Edgar Rice Burroughs 2. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. – … Continue reading

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So yew want to bee a riter?

Last week we took a look at some of the entrants in the Bulwer Lytton contest. They were all, you’ll agree, very good at being very bad. But they were trying to be awful. What about the writers who weren’t? … Continue reading

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ARE THESE THE WORST 12 OPENING LINES EVER?

1. “She strutted into my office wearing a dress that clung to her like Saran Wrap to a sloppily butchered pork knuckle, bone and sinew jutting and lurching asymmetrically beneath its folds, the tightness exaggerating the granularity of the suet … Continue reading

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THE BEST 43 OPENING LINES IN NOVEL WRITING HISTORY

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. A good cover may make us pick the book up and think about buying it. But it’s the first lines are crucial in helping us decide whether we are going … Continue reading

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15 GOOD REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T WRITE FOR A LIVING

Do you want to make a career out of writing? Here’s 15 damn good reasons to think again, straight from the trenches, from those who have been there before you. 1. Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. … Continue reading

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ARE YOU MAKING THESE SIMPLE GRAMMATICAL ERRORS? A QUIZ TO FIND OUT.

The Grammar Gestapo are out there! If you slip up they’ll be onto you faster than a bull shark on a whale carcass. Even as I write this, I keep asking myself … should I have put an ellipsis there? … Continue reading

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22 KINDA FUNNY, KINDA PAINFUL WRITING TIPS

Before we set out as writers we imagine a life marlin fishing off our boat in Havana, or knocking out a leisurely sentence or two while swapping bon mots with French existentialists or just appearing on Oprah week after week … Continue reading

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IS OWNING A HAREM REALLY A MAN’S ULTIMATE PARADISE?

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WHY IS LOVE?

Someone said to me recently: there’s always a love story in your novels. They said it as if that was a surprise. Is it because I’m a guy? It’s true that in many commercial novels and Hollywood films written by … Continue reading

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YOU CAN’T EVEN REALLY REGRET YOUR MISFORTUNES

This great clip is taken from an interview with the author of ‘The Color Purple,’ Alice Walker. Her story reminds us that even what may appear to be terrible misfortune might bring unexpected blessings. She also talks about the importance … Continue reading

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