Every music major takes 'ear training' classes at some point, and it's easy to go through the motions and just try to get it over with. But it turns out that ear training is more valuable than it may appear.
Paper brands and writing software options are just as diverse as pens and pencils. There’s a difference between scrap, copy, and resume papers. Some writers need lined or grid marked paper, while others prefer blank sheets.
Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi. Last time we talked about flashbacks and why they ruin fiction. But, because this is a blog and I don’t want it to be 20,000 words long, I can’t address everything in one post.
This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography Last time we talked about the history and evolution of POV (Point of View) and why certain types of POV might not be the best choice for a modern reader.
The author James Michener said, “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” If you’re an aspiring author or someone striving for clarity in your professional or academic writing, you appreciate the methodical march of the rewriting...
Resolutions? Expectations? The New Year is inevitably full of promise—and promises. However, kids’ resolve sometimes melts like snow… Here’s how parents can help children and teens meet responsibilities and challenges throughout the coming months.
This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography In the past several posts we have been unpacking the “flashback.” But, over the course of us talking about flashbacks and how to deliver backstory, a lot of people...
Image from HBO’s “True Detective” One reason we might be tempted to use a flashback is to explain or to expound to artificially prop up weak characterization or a weak plot (the training wheel flashback).
We know readers tend to be writers too, so twice a month, we’ll feature writing tips from our authors. Who better to offer advice, insight, and inspiration than the authors you admire? They’ll answer...
Imagine summarizing one of your favorite classics in a synopsis. Whether we're talking Pride and Prejudice or Ulysses, that synopsis would be a snoozer, since it's just a pitch giving the highlights of the plot.
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