Almost every aspect of fiction writing can be analyzed by the degree to which you the author allow your reader to formulate his own pictures, thoughts, opinions and versions of your story. This is a delicate matter, certainly, because leaving too much out is just as much a travesty as directly telling the reader exactly what his five senses should be sensing at all times. And it really is a more complex question than simply what details you choose to […]
Writing is a lonely business. Authors spend the majority of the life of a manuscript in their own heads, fiction authors playing God to a cast of characters in situations of their own devising, and nonfiction authors gathering information they distill into a form that fits their own purpose and vision. As anyone who’s ever written or tried to write a book can attest, it’s a massive undertaking that can easily dominate one’s life.
So it’s not surprising […]
Like most writers, we all have day jobs here at The Editorial Department. We’re fortunate that our everyday activities are centered around writing and helping other writers get their books into print but we know how hard it can be to make the time to write. We also know how important it is make time for writing and make the most of the time you set aside.
Find your groove
Everyone has their own ingredients for creativity. Think about the times […]
By J.S. Anderson
“Write what you know.”
For years I struggled with this common little sliver of advice.
What did I know? I was not a detective or former prosecutor. I was not a physician or politician or Olympian or scholar of history. What I knew well was health care administration for the elderly. But despite its many trials and tribulations, that subject matter just did not seem to be fertile ground for scintillating (let alone marketable) fiction.
I’ve recently published a novel, […]
by J.S. Anderson
In the city that draws the eye up, ever up, mine were on the commanding Beaux-Arts façade of the New York Public Library. I nearly missed the series of bronze plaques set into the sidewalk on East 41st Street, right there under my feet.
I find myself wanting to sort out the first three lines and come up with an answer. Inflections, or innuendo? But it was the fourth and fifth lines that first fired my mind.
Everyone Needs an Editor: A Final Lesson from the Harry Potter Series Principle Five: All good writing needs good editing
By Jane Ryder with Beth Jusino.
“So why couldn’t Malfoy have brought that necklace into the school?”
“Oh, Harry, not that again…”
Many readers, myself included, echoed Hermione Grangers’ frustration at that point in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
For the past few weeks we have been looking at JK Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter books, and the lessons that aspiring authors can learn from them. We talked about when to hold back detail, how to drop hints, […]