To celebrate Neil Gaiman's birthday (he was born 10 November 1960), we want to share this hilarious post from his Tumblr.
joseph-the-mop asked Neil: I have been trying to write for a while now. I have all these amazing ideas, but its (sic) really hard getting my thoughts onto paper. Thus, my ideas never really come to fruition. Do you have any advice?"
Sharon Bakar's insight:
The short answer = "Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only way to do it is to do it."
In her latest book, “The Art of Memoir,” to be released on Sept. 15, Ms. Karr gives an overview of the genre, including details about her own process. She has been interested in writing down her life since she was 10 years old. As an English literature professor at Syracuse University, she’s also been teaching memoir writing for the past 30 years.
The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive.
Vulnerability. Does this topic make your stomach turn, all you nonfiction writers, poets, and yeah, even you fiction writers? Why do we need to be vulnerable in writing? Why is it scary? How can we get over this and propel forward with courage, fierceness, and excellence to create stories and poems that connect to readers and make an impact, whether it be fleeting or lasting?
Would you like to start publishing your short stories or poems but don't quite know how to even begin? This article from the editor's at Neon on how to submit your writing literary magazines is a great step-by-step guide.
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