Saturday, August 30, 2008

An Interesting Historical Novel

At The Writing Show you can listen to a podcast (and read a transcript) of an interview with R. N. Morris about his novel The Gentle Axe, which features Porfiry Petrovich, the detective from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Mr. Morris, intrigued with the detective, has written a novel using him in another case. It's an interesting and somewhat daring idea to use a character from a classic novel. Listen to/read why Mr. Morris tackled this and how he researched 19th century Russia and fleshed out the character.

Besides being interesting, you might pick up some inspiration and some useful tips. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Give Us Some Writing Tips

What writing tips have you heard that sound good? Or that you have used and like? Please leave a comment sharing any writing tips you have.

My writing tip:

Schedule time for your writing and stick to it. It is too easy to let other things interfere with your writing time. Even if it isn't a very long period of time, schedule it for your writing every day.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

If You Write Poetry

There are a number of websites that give descriptions of and requirements for different poetry forms. Some also define the various terms (foot, meter, simile, etc.). Here are four of my favorites.

Poetry Forms and Terminology

Forms (Sol Magazine)

Poetry Forms (in Open Directory)

Kalliope Poetics

These are sites with definitions, explanations, examples, and/or links that will help you learn more about poetry. Go write some poems!!