Some Thoughts on Writing

I’ve run across some excellent articles on writing-related subjects since last week. Let me share them with you.

First up, check out Jim VanPelt’s post on Teaching Plot to Young Adults. I like his premise (and not just for kids):

When I teach plot to kids I center on the definition that a story is a significant event or events that happen to someone. I like this starting point because I can stress the key words, “significant,” and “event.” The first word means that the events have to matter to some one, and the second means that something has to happen.

Next, let me direct your attention to J. Steven York’s article, A Series of Unfortunate Events–Is Not A Story.

No, this is not a rant about about Lemony Snicket. It’s suggested by a number of posts I’ve seen from professional writers on various private lists lately. They’re talking about something that happens to every writer at one point or another.

This one may take a bit of getting into, but Setpoint by Lynn Viehl is worth the read.

I really got a handle on my work as a professional writer when I pursued what people in HVAC would call my personal writing setpoint.

And finally, let’s finish up with a visit to the Deadline Dames, where Dame Lili tells us, This Is No Bloodless Art.

So much of writing is going where the fear is. Fear is power, and a lot of writers don’t want to go there.

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I’ve enjoyed an entire workshop on writing in just these four posts. Lots to chew on here. Happy ruminating!



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4 responses to “Some Thoughts on Writing

  1. Thanks for the links. The articles were full of great info!

  2. Glad you enjoyed them, Kaycee!

  3. Enjoyed the Deadly Dames post.
    It reminds of me of Tom Hanks’ quote from A League of Their Own. “If it were easy, everyone would do it!”

    People always say they hate revision, but I love it. I mean, I don’t love doing it. But 80% of the story comes out in revision for me. The first draft is just the bones.

  4. I agree about revisions. I’m not fond of them, but turning it from a rough draft to a polished story is awesome!

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