This is continued from last week’s post.[Image from the edit of the first draft of Human Library]6. Structure each exercise as a separate exercise: within each exercise you’re working on a different element of telling a story. Each one will show you how your brain comes up with ideas. Think of it as stretching–you’re limbering… Continue reading How to write a novel. Part 2.
I’ve written two novels. My starting point philosophy is that it’s a lot like exercise or sports–the more you work out the better you’re going to get, but you have to start small. You have to have a good coach, because the fallacy of the 10,000 hours or 10,000 page thing is that you wrote… Continue reading How to write a Novel: Part 1.
[Lake District, England, Summer 2002: Wrote some really bad poetry in that journal on top of the Loughrigg Fell watching the sun go down.]The last class of every semester in English 101 I always give this quick little talk about how writing is time travel.Let me explain: Future generations will get the opportunity to read… Continue reading Writing is Time Travel
What does it mean to be diseased with an infection of the page? The Writer’s Disease can be defined as the deep need to dismantle a piece of art to figure out how it works. Mechanics and musicians do it. Think about the last song you listened to: “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs reminds me of… Continue reading The Writer’s Disease