Thursday, October 17, 2013

Writing Prompt: The Button Factory

I joined an online writing group.
The organizer gave a few writing prompts.

I chose this one:

The button factory had gone utterly silent. All eyes were on the birthday cake and it's 50 candles. Slowly, hesitantly, George...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Writer's Knowledge Base

Elizabeth Craig and Mike Fleming have come up with The Writer's Knowledge Base (WKB).

This is a searchable collection of articles that are highly relevant to writers. The articles are diverse and cover such topics as the craft of writing, getting published, promotion, etc.

One of the problems of trying to find industry-related information on your own in a lack of searchable database. Unless you go to an individual agent or editor blog and search on each of their sites, you’re going to get very spotty results on a Google search.

The WKB carries out Google-like searches against Elizabeth's hand-picked articles on writing. Because of this, all of the results are on topic and much more likely to be relevant to exactly what you're looking for.

It is better than Google at finding writing resources, since it presents you with random articles from the thousands of links in the repository, allowing you to find interesting articles "by accident."

You can find The Writer's Knowledge Base (WKB) at

Monday, October 14, 2013

8 Tips For Creating Great Stories

Recently Fast Create profiled the new book by Jeff VanderMeer  Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. The book is billed as an all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction and takes a completely novel approach, fully exploiting the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object.

Fast Create highlighted 8 tips from top storytellers like George R.R. Martin, Junot Diaz, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.
  1. Tell, Don't Show
  2. Name Wisely
  3. Build A Better Backstory
  4. Take Your Lumps
  5. Let It Bloom
  6. Finish The Thing
  7. Deform The Familiar
  8. Talk To Strangers
The article 8 Tips For Creating Great Stories From George R.R. Martin, Junot Diaz, And Other Top Storytellers can be found on Fast Create.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Munro - Nobel Laureate of Short Stories

I stayed at home until noon. I was supposed to be doing housework, and I would also do my writing then. Later on, when I wasn’t working everyday in the store, I would write until everybody came home for lunch and then after they went back, probably till about two-thirty, and then I would have a quick cup of coffee and start doing the housework, trying to get it all done before late afternoon.
Today it was announced that Alice Munro, the renowned short-story writer, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.  Alice Munro has published many short stories.

Here are a number of her short stories available for reading online

A good guide to navigating the volume of prose produced by Munro was published in The Millions.