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How to write well in a language that isn’t your mother tongue


Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
I’ve had this interesting email: Since January this year, I’ve been attending writing workshops, and my novel is progressing well. But English isn’t my first language, and I don’t do any creative writing in my day job. I feel I’m struggling. My priority is quality, and I think I…

International Literacy Day & a MOOC about How to Write Fiction


Yes, the 8th of September is United Nations Literacy Day with the theme this year being “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”. From the UN site: “Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies. At the same time, progress in areas of sustainable […]

Oh, No! Not More Advice About How To Write!!


I’ve read very few books about how to write. But, I have read tons of books that were well-written—they taught me how to write. Plus, writing stuff till it “sounded right” helped. Then, there was that find you own writing voice period… And, I’ve blogged about writing advice and the dangers of accepting most of […]

How To Write A Story?


There are probably as many opinions about how to write a story as there are writers. It seems any kind of writing advice, even grammatical, has shades of truth and falsity… Being a writing-maverick, I have fairly well developed advice-radar—I can seemingly spot self-serving drivel from miles away. There have been posts here where I […]

Learning How To Be An Author Means Much More Than Reading About How To Write…


Here I am again, out on the limb I’m so used to—sharing what I think… I think learning to write means Way more than reading about how to write. It also means more than just writing every day. Let’s be clear, writing regularly to hone one’s craft and reading competent authors’ views on the profession […]