April 24, 2016

 

 

1. Start with a strong first sentence 

 

This is crucial. You need to hook the reader right off the bat with a sentence that will catch their attention and leave them asking questions. The first line from One Hundred Years of Solitude is a great example:

"Many years lat...

February 15, 2016

 

Harold didn’t enjoy the act of killing, not the way Rick did. For Harold it was something that had to be done out of necessity. Because a past filled with wrong turns and ill fortune had led him down a twisted path to the dead end he currently faced. Harold wasn't fon...

February 8, 2016

The Tequila Sunset drifted twelve miles off the west coast of Florida. It was three days since the boat’s twin motors had run out of fuel. Danny had found a liter of water in one of the bow lockers. But on the second day, while Danny slept, Mark had finished it off.

 

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January 19, 2016

 

 

 

I've found that writing pastiche pieces imitating great writers can be a really helpful and fun excercise. It's a great way to practice technique and different writing styles, which can help you become a more versatile writer. To do it well you really have to analyz...

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