Last Weeks Links For 8/24-8/29

Here are last weeks links that I tweeted out.


Cut Out Fat; Make Your Writing Lean: #Tip 01.

Stuart Aken

For inspiration. For inspiration.

Life’s finally a little more settled, so I can return to posting about the mechanics of writing, as I used to on my old blog. I’ve found many writers welcome the sharing of ideas that might improve our craft.

So, let’s chop the fat from our writing. Make it lean and trim. Readers will thank us.

In this series, I’ll look at some common redundancies.

But, reading this and nodding wisely in agreement won’t do. We need to stay alert to those extraneous words that sneak into text, or they’ll reappear. Including this aspect in our editing process should catch most offenders.

Absolutely essential:

‘absolutely’ is a redundant adjective. e.g. George thought his plan for the economy was absolutely essential for improved performance. Try: George believed his plan for the economy would create essential improvements.

Brief moment:

‘brief’ is a redundant qualifier. e.g. For a brief moment, Shirley…

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I have myself always been terrified of plagiarism

I have myself always been terrified of plagiarism—of being accused of it, that is. Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies. The reason writers are such slow readers is that we are ceaselessly searching for things we can steal and then pass off as our own: a natty bit of syntax, a seamless transition, a metaphor that jumps to its target like an arrow shot from an aluminum crossbow.

~Joseph Epstein

Last Weeks Links For 8/17-8/22

Here are last weeks links that I tweeted out.

Morning Pages – A Writing & Creativity Exercise

Great Advice!

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One of the things we hope to do with the shop and the blog is to encourage and inspire you to write more. Whether it’s writing letters, or writing in your journal, or writing creatively, I hope you can find the physical tools to inspire you, but that you can also read the blog and maybe find some small spark for your writing. So, when I stumbled across this, I couldn’t resist sharing. What a great exercise to try!

This is a tool designed by Julia Cameron, who writes and speaks on finding ways to build on your creativity and your thoughts.

<p><a href=”″>Basic Tool: Morning Pages</a> from <a href=””>Julia Cameron</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>

From her website:

Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*–
they are not high art. They…

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Friday Fun – Early Writing Influences

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Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: What writers and stories influenced you early in your life and/or writing career and how did they do so?

hennrikus-web2Julie Hennrikus: Nancy Drew was a huge influence on my mystery writer brain. I would say Carolyn Keene, but since Carolyn was several people and I don’t know who wrote which books, I can’t point to a specific Carolyn. I liked Hardy Boys, but didn’t read Trixie Belden back in the day.
JME5670V2smCROPJamie Wallace: Since I started writing when I was a kid, I have to go back quite a way to find my early writing influences, and boy were they many and wildly varied! I was a pretty voracious young reader. I…

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If you live long enough…

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

~William J. Clinton

10 Things That Happen When You’re Obsessed With Writing

8 out of 10 are me.

Thought Catalog


1. You’re overly conscious of other people’s traits.

As writers, we are so used to getting into detail of the traits of a character that we immediately recognize them and are aware of them in real people. When I meet someone, all the adjectives I would use to describe them on the page pop in my head. From their physical description to the way they act, this person undeniably becomes a character in your mind.

2. And your surroundings.

We are very observant when it comes to our surroundings. Everything is a scene, a plot, a setting. We see things most people would overlook. We can describe things that most people wouldn’t put any words to.

3. You’re always jotting ideas down.

At the end of a week, my bag is always filled with pieces of paper, post-its, and any other random scraps that I can write an idea down and stuff…

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Last Weeks Links For 8/10-8/15

Here are last weeks links that I tweeted out.

What Went Wrong with Season 2 of “True Detective”? Cautionary Lessons for Writers

Great points on Season 2 of True Detective

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Most of the time, I try to use great writing as examples of what TO DO. But, some writing fails so epically, the best use of it is as a cautionary tale for other writers. We can use it to study what NOT to do.

True Detective Season Two does just that. I hate writing this because Season One was a masterpiece, and all I can think of is that maybe Nic Pizzolatto was a victim of his own success. It would be very daunting to top Season One. Scratch that. It would probably put most writers in a padded cell from nerves.

So what the heck went wrong?

This entire blog is nothing but a spoiler alert, but trust me. I am saving you ten hours of your life you can never get back. Before we talk about some of the basic writing issues that derailed the series…

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