Writing with Style

On the path to discovering your unique voice as a writer (your style), you need only be yourself. Your style is yours alone and cannot be forced, faked or based on imitation. “Style is to forget all styles.” — Jules Renard Tweet this Quote While finding your own style isn’t something...

Let Your Words Sing

Like other forms of art, part of the beauty of writing has little to do with the message or meaning behind the words. Words — like individual brush strokes or notes of a song — can be beautiful on their own. While beautiful words become more powerful when they form a larger story or idea...

Just Keep Writing

Sitting down to work on your writing can be difficult when you’re feeling uninspired. But if you allow yourself to back off of your writing goals each time writer’s block rears its ugly head, you could end up in a cycle of procrastination that prevents you from creating something...

Write to Discover What You Know

Writing — at its best — can be one of the most satisfying of creative endeavors. Whether working on a novel or scribbling in a journal, writing offers a unique opportunity to turn your thoughts, feelings, ideas and creativity into something more tangible. “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” — Flannery O’Connor Even when you begin writing with a fully conceived storyline or message in mind, it’s not unusual to end up with a draft that hardly resembles your original intentions. A single sentence can spark a tangential string of writing that brings you to an unexpected place. A character might...

You Know Enough

If ever you doubt your capacity for great story ideas, may you find comfort in the words of novelist, poet and memoirist May Sarton: “Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.” — May Sarton When you find yourself struggling to find inspiration, look...

Writing the First Se...

If there’s anyone I’d feel safe taking writing advice from, it’s Joyce Carol Oates — one of the most prolific writers of our time. Having published over 120 books over the course of her career, surely she must know something about powering through a first draft and reworking it until...

Readers as Accomplic...

  “All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” — Steve Almond Many people talk about fiction in terms of truth and lies. While “lies” can feel like a harsh word to describe the...

There is only one plot…

  There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process. We begin our series of Weekly Writing Quotes with something from pulp crime fiction author Jim Thompson on the subject of plot: “There is only one plot — things are not what they seem.” — Jim Thompson For writers who already excel...