steps to writing

August 3, 2009

The Pitfalls of Creating Your World

Writers create their own worlds with every book. The world may be close to our own, it may look very much like our own, but the addition of a fictional character is like metaphorically stepping on the butterfly — it changes everything. Keeping It Straight I love to read alternative histories. My favorite writer of this particular genre is Harry Turtledove. He’ll pose a question, essentially, with his book and then write it out. In the Guns of the South, he asked what would happen if you really armed the South during the Civil War? So he sent some South […]
July 29, 2009

Critique Writing Steps

Critique writing steps are detailed in many different how to books on writing, editing and critiquing. I’ve never actually read any of these books, mostly because the details can be quite dry. Like many authors, I imagine, I have two full bookshelves of how to books. The books that I read are the books on crime scenes, on investigative techniques and on skill sets that my characters might have. Beyond Stephen King’s On Writing and the Romance Writer’s Phrase Book, I don’t read a lot of books on writing itself. Critique Writing Steps When writing a critique, first and foremost, […]