Become a Better Creative Writer — the best of About Writing (so far).

CHAPTER ONE: START WRITING
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

What you must know before you start writing.

Become a better creative writer — experiment!

The first and best part of the writing process.

The following passage from Dostoevsky’s The Idiot comes to mind:

CHAPTER TWO: CORE PRINCIPLES
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

Be Specific & Become a Better Creative Writer.

‘SHARPLY the menacing wind sweeps over
The bending poplars, newly bare’

Be Succinct & Become a Better Creative Writer.

The language of clutter is the language of business and politics.

What’s your point?

Write well, be niche, and become a better creative writer by engaging readers.

What is a motif?

Examples of motifs in literature.

A writer must understand the themes and motifs of their story.

Kill Your Darlings.

Do it — You will become a better creative writer.

Active vs Passive Voice.

So, when should you use the passive voice?

Be Objective & Become a Better Creative Writer.

My Personal Taste + My Objectivity

Objectivity and Writing

The Takeaway

CHAPTER THREE: ON WRITING ADVICE
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

The best writing advice anyone has given me.

Carl Tighe.

The long-term gift of reading to become a better creative writer.

Become a Better Creative Writer and BEAT Writer’s Block.

Because…

Beating writer’s block!

Should writers worry about offending readers?

Become a better creative writer — nothing else matters!

Will writing advice help you become a better creative writer? Does it work?

The Nature of Writing.

Writing Advice is for Everyone.

Who are you writing for?

One reason is acceptable, and one isn’t.

Natalie Goldberg’s First Thoughts.

First Thoughts to help you become a better creative writer

How to Edit Well: 14 Micro Editing Tips.

CHAPTER FOUR: NOVELS
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

How to write a novel.

How to write a novel: the end stages.

How long should a novel be?

How long is a novel?

Become a better creative writer — it’s in your hands!

How to plan a novel.

Plan with a writing experiment

Planning my two finished novels

When should you begin planning?

Planning a novel (a step-by-step guide).

Planning a novel

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Become a better creative writer with step-by-step planning

How do you know your novel is complete?

Listen to instinct.

“I know it can be better.”

CHAPTER FIVE: WRITING DIALOGUE
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

How to write realistic dialogue: an introduction.

My dialogue

Realism

What is the purpose of dialogue?

What we learn about Don Draper through this dialogue:

The purpose of dialogue

What is subtext? — Become a Better Creative Writer!

A quick example to illustrate subtext:

Realistic dialogue shouldn’t sound too real.

How to write realistic dialogue

CHAPTER SIX: POETRY
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

Can Poetry be Taught?

Become a Better Creative Writer with Sylvia Plath

Teaching Poetry.

What’s the difference between poetry and prose?

A passage from Henry Miller’s novel, Tropic of Cancer:

The opening of Philip Levine’s poem, A Simple Truth:

How I decide between poetry and prose

What is Iambic Pentameter? (what every writer must know to become a better creative writer)

Iambic meter

Iambic pentameter

Why every writer should care!

CHAPTER SEVEN: OTHER WRITERS
BECOME A BETTER CREATIVE WRITER

What the famous six-word story teaches us.

Real-life inspiration for the story.

Can the famous six-word story help us become a better creative writer?

Carver and Lish: how much editing is too much?

Carver & Lish.

Carver’s Collected Stories.

How much editing is too much? Master your editing and become a better creative writer.

Become a Better Creative Writer — Like Kerouac?

Kerouac’s list to become a better creative writer:

On Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet.

A quote from Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet:

Become a Better Creative Writer — with Kurt Vonnegut.

What does Kafkaesque mean?

The nuances of Kafkaesque

What does Orwellian mean?

Orwell’s Point

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