Scott Hawkins’ Unbelievable Writing Schedule for The Library at Mount Char

Scott Hawkins, the author of the excellent The Library at Mount Char answered a question over at Goodreads about his writing schedule. Since I've been spending my weekdays getting up at 5:00 to write recently (thanks, #5amWritersclub!) I found this very interesting and motivating. It reflects well my own thoughts about writing a book as a… Continue reading Scott Hawkins’ Unbelievable Writing Schedule for The Library at Mount Char

Adventures in Unexpected Great Prose – The Exorcist

I was scrolling trough my Kindle Highlights (you know you can see all your highlighted passages from Kindle books online, right?) when I came across the following highlights from The Exorcist. I don't remember highlighting anything from it but I read it at the beginning of the year so maybe that's normal. Horror has a… Continue reading Adventures in Unexpected Great Prose – The Exorcist

Nick Mamatas’s Simple Guide to Finding a Literary Agent

Nick Mamatas wrote a post on Facebook today about how writers can go about finding an agent. As someone who will hopefully start shopping a book around soon, this was a godsend. Straightforward, no nonsense. With Mr. Mamatas's permission, here is the post as he wrote it. This is *one* method of finding a literary… Continue reading Nick Mamatas’s Simple Guide to Finding a Literary Agent

Just a few words

I'm writing again. The following is a single-sentence paragraph that I think works, mainly due to the emotions involved. Let me know in the comments (no worries, this is first-draft material, so be brutally honest). The argument was mundane, a been-married-for-twelve-years banal tiff, a clichéd and overused disagreement between people who love each other, love… Continue reading Just a few words

What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

Here's Max Booth III's Isaac, the main character in the book The Nightly Disease, to tell us. "This is my take on it. Hotels are the kind of places you don’t mind bringing your family to—you can expect good service, a nice breakfast. Motels, on the other hand, are where people take cheap dates for… Continue reading What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

Just a Bit of Great Writing

The following is a short excerpt from Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway that should be enough to either convince to buy the book right away because wow! The book tells the story of a group of teenagers that are trying to adapt to life after living in portal worlds (like the Narnia kids or Dorothy… Continue reading Just a Bit of Great Writing

The Best Writing of the Week – Tender is the Night

Do you ever read books simply for the prose?  In an attempt to improve my writing I do this a fair bit and am now reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night. It was there I came across the following description that, as it happens, is also the best written thing I've read all… Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week – Tender is the Night