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Should I Join a Writer's Group?

Writing groups, whether online or local, are strange beasts and should be approached with caution by the novice writer. The danger lies in the reaction your work gets from your fellow members. Often .
(September 01, 2008)
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The Origins of Creative Writing

How did creative writing begin? Don't quote me on this, because it's not gospel. Anyway, many years a go a little guy, let's call him Tom, who was homeless and hopeless, spent his time wandering ..
(June 16, 2008)
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Ivanhoe Revisited

Read the following and praise the Lord that you did not write in the days of Sir Walter Scott. "The eldest of these men had a stern, savage, and wild aspect. His garment was of the simplest form ..
(June 19, 2008)
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Solid Ghostwriting

"So, what do you do for a living then" "I'm a writer. " "Yeah, who do you write for?" "Whoever pays. " "Anything I'd know. " "I doubt it. " "Right, not getting much work then?" "Far from it, I do a ..
(June 20, 2008)
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That Sexy Hitler

Don't worry, this isn't a neo-Nazi diatribe. Rather it's a look at the importance of titles. It was inspired by a book by the late Alan Coren, humorist and editor of Punch magazine. He titled a ..
(June 20, 2008)
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Self Publishing Without Shame

Why does self-publishing carry such a stigma? Because the writer feels that it proves that his work is not worthy of being picked up by a publisher and he is forced into publishing himself. He feels ..
(June 21, 2008)
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The Writers 10 Commandments

And Lo, Ma2 went to the top of the mountain, and there was in the presence of the Lord. And there Ma2 saw many strange signs and cried, “Lord, is that a burning bush" "Nay, " replied the Lord, ..
(June 22, 2008)
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The Comedy Code

I used to think that writing comedy was like writing itself. It either came naturally or not at all. Then I found that I had to be funny and the thought terrified me, because I was never the guy with .
(June 23, 2008)
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Characters Make Comedy

When you watch a sitcom on TV you're being conned. Because what you get is not a ‘situation’ comedy, but a ‘character’ comedy. Characters drive comedy much more than ..
(June 24, 2008)
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Do I Need a Writing Guru?

Will a Writing Guru guarantee me publication? No. Will a Writing Guru cost me money? Yes. So why the hell should I waste my money by signing up with a Writing Guru? Because it's not waste, it's ..
(June 24, 2008)
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Is There Art in Articles?

Even though I originally trained as a journalist I regard myself as a creative writer and my scripts for theatre, radio and TV outweigh my journalism in print and radio by a stretch. So, when I ..
(June 24, 2008)
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Is There Tickle in Your Article?

Yes, I know there's no ‘k’ in articles but, hopefully, that's what caught your eye, and misspelling has been a staple advertising ploy for a long time. But, having brought your reader to .
(June 25, 2008)
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Lets Get Versatile

Which genre the writer chooses to operate in is obviously very dependent on the genre he or she enjoys reading, and it is rare for a writer to switch genres unless for some pressing reason. But the ..
(June 25, 2008)
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A Day in the Life of a Comedy Writer

Some people think it's easy, being a comedy writer. Reckon you wake up in the morning with a smile on your lips and a killer quip to put the wife in her place. But life's not like that; for one thing .
(July 03, 2008)
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A Writers Rant

Here are some extracts from the Editors’ Note page of Narrative Magazine by Carol Edgarian and Tom Jenks. "Would-be authors seeking guidance and reassurance often ask, Is my writing ..
(July 04, 2008)
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The Shortest Story Ever Told

Ernest Hemingway, as a young newspaperman in the 1920s, bet his colleagues $10 that he could write a complete story in juts six words. He won the cash with this: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never ..
(July 06, 2008)
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Variations on a Theme

I have written novels, stage plays, radio and TV scripts and film screenplays and all these media make differing demands which the writer who has never ventured too far afield may be unaware of. ..
(July 07, 2008)
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What You See is What You Get

Once, while writing a screenplay, I got into a bit of a tight spot and recalled that many movie directors used storyboards to get a visual feel from their screenplay. I thought this might be a useful .
(July 16, 2008)
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The Ebook Future

Before we discuss the future I suppose we'd better decide exactly what an ebook is. Strictly speaking any file can be an ebook if it is uploaded to the web and therefore published. So, a notepad ..
(July 13, 2008)
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The Perils of Plagiarism

Because we're not blessed with perfect memory it's quite easy for a writer to believe that an idea he thought was original is, in fact, not. It could be based on something he read, saw, or heard of ..
(July 02, 2008)
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How to Be a Professional Liar

It is a given that fiction is not fact. It is, in fact, not true. It is a lie, and I, as a fiction writer am a liar. People pay me for what I write and I am, therefore, a professional liar. There, ..
(May 29, 2008)
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A Novel Approach

Okay, writing a novel is a big deal. It's going to take you at least a couple of months and probably a lot more. You've been told and told that you have to get ahead ofthe game by planning your ..
(May 29, 2008)
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Writing a Comedy Screenplay

Isn't it funny how the court jester has become the superhero of the entertainment world. Yes, the comedian, the funny man, has surpassed the movie star or rock musician in the popularity league. ..
(May 29, 2008)
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Creative Writers Look To Ebook Future

So what does the writer set out to achieve? Well, the novelist wants to be read, the poet and radio writer wants to be heard and the screenwriter wants his stuff to be seen. Otherwise it's a waste of .
(May 15, 2008)
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