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Quotation: On Outlining a Novel

Related Posts: Quotation: Are You a Plotter or a Pantser? Quotation: Are You a Plotter or a Pantser (Again)? Quotation: On Outlining a Novel I thought I had finished this topic during NaNoWriMo (November), but I just found this quotation that provides a nice resolution to the question. When asked “Do you outline your novels?” …

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Ray Bradbury on Writing

For this final day of NaNoWriMo, here are some words of wisdom from one of the most prolific and best known American authors. “if you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or …

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Steph Cha on Writing Process

Steph Cha starts her day by reading and writing Yelp reviews. “That’s where I get my junky habitual writing done, which has been really helpful to me. I’ve been doing it my whole career. I’ve Yelped every restaurant I’ve ever been to. I also Yelped an eye doctor today. It’s just a habit I’ve always …

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Quotation: On Outlining a Novel

With a nod to NaNoWriMo, this month’s quotations focus on how novelists approach the process of creating a novel. Last week featured two quotations from writers who don’t outline their novels, so it’s only fair to include a representative from the other side of the issue here: “I do a very concise outline. Part of …

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Quotation: Are You a Plotter or a Pantser (Again)?

Related Post: Quotation: Are You a Plotter or a Pantser? “Like many writers I know, I do not (so far) outline my work in advance. I begin a novel with a destination in mind but the route is vague. Any attempt to map the journey will, I worry, render the unwritten pages artificial and ridiculous.” …

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Quotation: Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

Those of you participating in NaNoWriMo will know what that question means: Do you plot out your novel beforehand, or do you compose by the seat of your pants? As a nonfiction writer, I’m way over on the plotter side of this spectrum. However, I have had the experience of writing in flow, during which …

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Quotation: On Characters

Because it’s NaNoWriMo, all this month’s quotations will swirl around the general topic of writing fiction. Here’s a suggestion on how to get started. “Once you create the character — if the character is really well done, complex enough and interesting enough — the character is going to create the story for you. . . …

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Happy Halloween!

Why do we read scary books? “We’re a peculiar lot, when you think about it: we work so hard to make our world, our environment safer… and then we actively seek out things that will make us afraid. Horror movies, urban legends, ghost stories. We hunt down the darkness and we revel in it. Why? …

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Quotation: “How We Write Mental Illness in Fiction”

“Mental illness is less a disease of the mind and more of a societal blindness. Reading fiction opens our eyes to other people’s way of viewing the world. As a reader, there have been magical moments that I have felt the soul of someone I’ve never met has seen me. As a writer, it is …

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Quotation: Ruth Ozeki on Reading

“We think of the writer as being the person who writes the book and the book as an object, solid and unchanging. But the book is a mutable object. I can write a book and you can read it, and in doing that, we’ve engaged in a process of cocreation. The book that you read …

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