David Farland blog

Great writing advice from David Farland’s blog

David Farland’s Story Doctor blog is a wonderful source of writing advice for new writers. I discovered he had a blog via the Writing Excuses podcast. Farland really is an expert in his field as he has taught students for many years. 

Who’s David Farland?

David Farland (real name Dave Wolverton) is a teacher as well as a fantasy and sf-author. Farland has taught many now published authors the skills they needed. Amongst them are Brandon Sanderson and James Dashner. Right now, he organises several writing workshops, which you can take and other aspiring authors can take. Continue reading “Great writing advice from David Farland’s blog”

Writers of the Future

Writers of the Future, a Free Writing Contest

There are a lot of writing contests out there. Many of them seem to be merely there to collect money from hopeful authors. There is quite a number of competitions, though, that can truly make a difference for your career. Plus: they are fun to participate in. I recently discovered one I’m eager to participate in myself: the Writers of the Future contest. 

Writing 100 words

Writing a 100 Word Story – Holy Cow!

A few weeks back I handed in a 100-word story to a writing contest. A hundred words. That is one crazy number. How can you tell anything in 100 words? I just gave it a shot and it turned out pretty good. Along the way I noticed a few interesting things and learned more afterwards as flash fiction is quite an interesting art form. 

Alpha readers, beta readers

Beta and alpha readers. What are they?

As an aspiring writer, you will most likely hear it often: give your finished story to alpha and beta readers. It took me some googling and many episodes of Writing Excuses before I really grasped what alphas and betas are about. 

Simply put, alpha and beta readers are test readers. They are provided with a story and comment on errors that are still present within a narrative before it is sent to a publisher. In order words, alphas and betas help you to see the errors that you just aren’t able to see anymore. Continue reading “Beta and alpha readers. What are they?”

#MeToo

Three days ago I published a “Me Too” post on my Facebook wall and it all flooded back to me. I realised that… yes, me too. I didn’t want to post it then and there what had happened, scared of other’s opinions. I realised the day after that being silent was not the way to go. Far too many have been silent and the problem is still around. So… I’m telling my story. 

Write a Lot Short Time

6 Tips on How to Write a Lot in a Short Amount of Time

Time. There is always something to do and never enough moments during the day to actually get some writing done. I’ve been struggling with exactly that. There’s not going to be more time in a day and my schedule won’t change. However, there are different ways in which I can up my word count without needing more hours.