The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a literary superstar. Compiled by robert.
Cindy Harris – 8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript
Jonathan Ball, PhD – Don’t Attribute Dialogue
Alice Osborn – 6 Steps for Getting Your Memoir Done (good advice for all writing projects)
Jack Ronald Cotner – Kill Your Darlings!
Jennifer Brady – It Takes a Village to Raise an Ebook
Nihar Pradhan – What Is Writing?
Roggen Wulf – Writing About Writer’s Block
Moldy Daisy – Geography Now!
But not for long! In June, the United States Postal Service will get its Southern Gothic on when it releases its beautiful Flannery O’Connor stamp.
Said the copywriter who wrote this for the Beverly Hills Hotel home page:
“Many of our bungalows have interesting histories as well: Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned with six of her eight husbands, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, among others, enjoyed them as well.”
Unclear pronoun reference, improper punctuation, confusing repetition — it’s almost everything you could ask for in bad writing.
“As a literary form, then, the uncanny tale can be a means for expressing truths enchantingly. Many are drawn to this literary genre as it affirms what most of us know, and that is the truth that our senses are not capable of apprehending all that was, is, or will be. While the ‘scientists’ or ‘materialists’ will not acknowledge it, ‘nature’ is something more than mere fleshly sensation, and that something may lie above human nature, and something below it—why, the divine and the diabolical rise up again in serious literature.” Russell Kirk on ghost stories
“Bill, play full value. Make four beats be a really full four beats. Don’t rush to the end of the bar.” Jerry Garcia to Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann
No, this isn’t from the infamous but beloved Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest:
“As my FBI forensic psychologist husband put it last night while I was cooking dinner in our historic Cambridge home that was built by a well-know transcendentalist, ‘You’re being tricked, Kay.'” — Patricia Cornwell, Red Mist, p. 5.
Reading that sentence makes my head hurt. As much as I admire Patricia Cornwell, she and her editor let that turkey slip through the cracks. Yes, even the great ones flub it sometimes.
“Just because there’s a dragon in the book doesn’t mean the story isn’t based on reality.” – Jeff VanderMeer