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Three Ways to Make the Most of Major Life Events in a Story →

What is a wedding if not organised drama? All the elaborate dresses, gifts, food and music, not to mention the unseen family politics, just to witness two people swap two words! We do it because it works, it’s a great show. Where else can you get a hundred people to laugh, cry and celebrate in one afternoon?

Organising the drama

Sometimes as writers we want to bring a lot of characters together on the page for an important event like a wedding or a birthday party, a ball, a fight scene—in fact your story could hinge on these plot high points or set pieces. However, it does take a little planning. Using the example of the wedding, let’s see how it could play out.

Three ways to use major life events in your story

— 2 weeks ago with 60 notes
#Three Ways to Make the Most of Major Life Events in a Story  #Writers  #Write  #Anthony Ehlers  #Writing Advice  #Weddings 

Norman Mailer: On Writing Classes


'I learned a great deal from writing classes. … And it also chops down that terribly unstable vanity that young writers have, you know, where they think, ‘I’m a great writer’, and at the same time they can’t take a single criticism, and writing courses are good for that. They weather you. It’s a little bit like a kid who wants to play varsity football but never tries out for the team. So you go to that writing class and you get toughened up a little.'
(‘Norman Mailer Interview’, The Academy of Achievement, June 12, 2004) Source for Quote


Writing Courses in March 2014
How to write a memoir - Secrets of a Memoirist: 24-27 March (Johannesburg)
How to write a book - Writers Write: 24-27 March (Cape Town)
How to write a short story - Short Cuts: 29 March (Johannesburg)
How to write for business – The Plain Language Programme: 11-12 March (Johannesburg)
Email news@writerswrite.co.za for more information.

Norman Mailer: On Writing Classes

'I learned a great deal from writing classes. … And it also chops down that terribly unstable vanity that young writers have, you know, where they think, ‘I’m a great writer’, and at the same time they can’t take a single criticism, and writing courses are good for that. They weather you. It’s a little bit like a kid who wants to play varsity football but never tries out for the team. So you go to that writing class and you get toughened up a little.'

(‘Norman Mailer Interview’, The Academy of Achievement, June 12, 2004) Source for Quote
Writing Courses in March 2014
  1. How to write a memoir - Secrets of a Memoirist: 24-27 March (Johannesburg)
  2. How to write a book - Writers Write: 24-27 March (Cape Town)
  3. How to write a short story - Short Cuts: 29 March (Johannesburg)
  4. How to write for business – The Plain Language Programme: 11-12 March (Johannesburg)

Email news@writerswrite.co.za for more information.

— 7 months ago with 53 notes
#Writers  #Writers Write  #Norman Mailer  #Writing Courses  #South Africa 

Quentin Blake Sketches Famous Authors

To mark Stylist's 200th issue, Roald Dahl illustrator, Quentin Blake sketched some of his favourite authors, including Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen,James Joyce, and Albert Camus.

— 8 months ago with 442 notes
#lit  #art  #authors  #writers  #quentin blake 
Keep Calm - A Writer’s Pendant - Source

Keep Calm - A Writer’s Pendant - Source

— 1 year ago with 233 notes
#Keep Calm  #Writers  #Writers Write 
Forbes Top-Earning Authors 2013 →

Forbes Top-Earning Authors

  1. EL James - $95m
  2. James Patterson - $91m
  3. Suzanne Collins - $55m
  4. Bill O’Reilly - $28m
  5. Danielle Steel - $26m
  6. Jeff Kinney - $24m
  7. Janet Evanovich - $24m
  8. Nora Roberts - $23m
  9. Dan Brown - $22m
  10. Stephen King - $20m
  11. Dean Koontz - $20m
  12. John Grisham - $18m
  13. David Baldacci - $15m
  14. Rick Riordan - $14 million
  15. J.K. Rowling - $13 million
  16. George R.R. Martin - $12 million
— 1 year ago with 40 notes
#Lit  #Forbes Top-Earning Authors  #Writers