One of my favorite stories about J.R.R. Tolkien centers around the first time he wrote the following line: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Tolkien scribbled this on an exam he was grading for one of his students at Oxford. These small notations can eventually develop into short stories, or into one of the most enduring fantasy epics of our time, which is why getting these ideas down on paper (or on the computer/tablet screen) remains important.
Originally posted on blindoggbooks:
It is said that writers are a different breed. Hopefully the word different isn’t used in place of a less ambiguous word…like warped. I don’t know if writers can claim exclusive rights to such a label, but they definitely don’t fit neatly within most…
Saturday was the first day I had a few minutes to sit outside and relax in the sunlight. After a long, cold winter in the Midwest, the first warm spring day is something very special. But the first warm spring day that a person can spend time outside […]
Weekend Edition – Finding Your Readers Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips. Very nice and inspiring post by Jamie Lee Wallace with a lot of information for writers.
These are the types of headlines that some people enjoy finding in newspapers or online articles. Many of those errors are caused by mistaken intent—i.e. a reader inferred a meaning that the writer did not intend. Some, of course, are proofreading errors. Proofreading and editing your work is […]
Have you heard of Parkinson’s Law? It originated with Cyril Parkinson in a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955 and was reprinted in Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress by John Murray (1958). The law states that work will expand and swell […]
Shannon includes great tips and gorgeous photography/illustrations in this piece about writing. #MondayBlogs: Different Writing Techniques of Famous Writers.
Originally posted on Live to Write – Write to Live:
How to Tell If You’re a “Real” Writer Even the Blue Fairy can’t make you a real writer ~ Inspirational Illustration by Gustaf Tenggren There has been a bit of a kerfuffle around the Internet for the past…
The other day while spring-cleaning I came across my copy of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I read this book several years ago and really appreciated both the ideas shared by the author and the creative way he presented them. This […]
Last week when I shared a “What I Listen to When Writing” post featuring Warm Shadow, by Fink, Eric Spannerman commented on Facebook that he has been listening to Pink. Her song, “Glitter in the Air,” is one of my favorites and I have been listening to it […]