Posts Tagged ‘How to write’

  • 7 Stupendously Simple Ways to Make Yourself Into a Better Writer

    November 30th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    Suppose someone were to tell you that you could become a better writer in a single week — would you believe it? Me neither. And yet that’s precisely what I’m about to do. And more: I’m about to make a believer out of you. I tried this on a bet — and lost. Here is how you […]

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  • What Is Plot?

    February 16th, 2016 | Plot | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Literarily, the meaning of the word plot comes from the Old-French word: complot — which means to conspire. But what actually is plot? Plot is the method by which you present your story. Plot is a vehicle. Plot is a purposeful sequence of events — and in a well-plotted story, those events all connect logically […]

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  • How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    July 13th, 2015 | Writing | journalpulp | Comments Off on How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    Have you ever heard of Lester Dent, nom-de-plume Kenneth Robeson? He was born in 1904, in La Plata, Missouri, and died fifty-four years later. His writing career spanned a total of thirty years — during which time he managed to crank out an astonishing 175 novels, or more. Still, despite such spectacular fecundity, the names […]

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  • Do You Make These 7 Mistakes In the Beginning of Your Story?

    Do You Make These 7 Mistakes In the Beginning of Your Story?

    November 21st, 2013 | Beginnings | journalpulp | No Comments

    Do you forget to establish your setting early on? Do you forget to give us The When, The Where, The Weather — the overall tone? Is your story happy, soft, somber? John Steinbeck does not forget to do this in the beautiful opening of Of Mice and Men: A few miles south of Soledad, the […]

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  • Writing Advice From Margaret Atwood and Vladimir Nabokov

    Writing Advice From Margaret Atwood and Vladimir Nabokov

    June 27th, 2012 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Margaret Atwood: Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What ­fascinates A will bore the pants off B. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get […]

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  • Writing Takes Place Inside The Head

    Writing Takes Place Inside The Head

    September 24th, 2011 | How to write a novel, Plotting | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    Humans spend the majority of their lives inside their own heads, to paraphrase John Milton. One of the primary reasons — and it’s a perfectly legitimate reason — that people give for not finishing a book or a writing project is that they don’t have the time to write. The good news is that at […]

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  • Rules For Writing: Beware The Laundry-List & Overly Prescriptive

    Rules For Writing: Beware The Laundry-List & Overly Prescriptive

    September 15th, 2011 | How to write a novel, Writing | journalpulp | 8 Comments

    There is a general formula (of sorts) to storytelling, but that formula should always be framed in terms of principles, and not concretes. By concretes, I’m referring to these interminable lists of specifics we so often see, which when it comes to the art of story merely tell us what to do and what not […]

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