Just got another issue of Writer's Digest in the mail today! I swear this thing is sent from God. It always has exactly what I've been looking for at that time. It's so worth the teeny investment you guys. If you're serious about writing-or looking for fun, new ideas, Writer's Digest is the way to go! I'm telling you..
Anywho, the advice from today is straight from the magazine. Have fun!
-Owner's Don't Knock
PS-They're not in any order-I just randomly picked a few.
Tried & True Timeless Novel Advice
- "The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again."
- "Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there's an explosion-that's Plot."
- "The first sentence can't be written until the final sentence is written."
- "What the young writer is looking for is not a critic who will slap him on the back and say. 'Greatest things since O. Henry,' but rather the one who will toss the manuscript down in disgust, with 'You know better than that! It's rotten! Do it all over again!'"
- "If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley i a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully with snake's blood in his veins, the reader's reaction may be, 'Oh yeah!' But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or him him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!"
- "Genius gives birth, talent delivers."