Guest post: Playing to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Laura Smith who discusses writing, odds and Academy Awards! 🙂 Apologies to Laura, this should have been up last Tuesday. Oh well, better late then never.

Laura smith.jpgPlaying to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards by Laura Smith

As a movie lover, the Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. As a writer, the awards given out for best screenplays are always especially exciting. My ultimate dream is to have all of my books made into movies from scripts that I have written so that I can be given the chance to stand on that stage one day.

This isn’t so much because I want a gold statue and to have my picture taken with celebrities. Instead, it’s because I want to know that my stories matter and that my work is accepted in both literary and cinematic circles, two imaginary places where I spend most of my waking hours.

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Simple writing tips

Simple writing tips.jpgThese are just a few simple tips that will help you in your writing.

Get Other Things Done First – If you have something else that needs doing and it can be done first, just do it. Especially if you might be chased about it from a family member. It can be better to start writing without that chore/requirements etc having over you. If you promised to walk the dog, or mow the lawn or do the laundry, do it.

If you didn’t promise and nothing is going to get chased, that’s fine. Don’t give people a reason to interrupt you.

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Guest Post: Pre-Writing

On we go with another mid-week guest post!

Pre-Writing

by Matthew J Mimnaugh

Blank page, how to start

Greetings Eternal Scribblers,

My name is Matthew J. Mimnaugh and this is a guest post.  Today I’m going to be talking about pre-writing, or the various approaches and tools a writer can implement as a precursor to putting words on the page with the intent of sharing with an audience—it’s an important distinction, trust me.  This isn’t a list and I don’t cover everything—not by a long shot.  Instead, much like my own blog, it’s a smattering of ideas with a general takeaway.  So, without further ado, let us begin:

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Writing Romance into stories

Romance in novelsI got a question on my deviantART page asking me about writing romance in a story. So thought it would make a great subject for my next post.

However let me make this clear, I am not a Romance Writer. This tutorial is about how you introduce romance into a story and things to think about when you do. It is not about writing a story that is predominately romance-based.
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Talent and Skill in writing

Skills and talentThe terms “talent” and “skill” can often be heard, banded about. I see many young writers, new writers who speak in awe of someone else’s talent. This is often followed, I am sad to say, by talk of “I’ll never be that good” or “I wish I was that talented.”

It is so easy to get disheartened in the creative arts. When I was younger my writing would suffer horrendously every time I read a great book. As the wow factor of the book faded, it would be replaced by a bitterness at myself and my work. This led to my own novel festering away alone as I refused to “waste my time” on it.

Thankfully I have grown out of that annoying habit and while I do still read books that wow me, they are now just a measuring stick by which I can gauge my own development.
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