Some neat Writerly Things

The Writer’s Digest is just a treasure trove.  I love them.  Thanks to student loans, my subscription has lapsed, but they still have the online offerings!!!

I found a few, so I’ll share what I liked in the hopes of remembering them later. 😉

How to Create Your Own Bad Guys and Sleazy Protagonists
This had some interesting ideas and I want to employ them at some point.

The 5 Differences Between Professional and Amateur Novelists
And then there was this, which was just a few things to keep in mind on the whole “I wanna be a writer when I grow up!” front.

So, What Exactly is Steampunk?
Ha!  This is only the tip of the iceberg!  (I Steampunk’d my Masters thesis!)

I am a big fan of sitting on the shoulders of giants.  There’s so much that can be learned if we just listen to the people who already did the legwork!  Science uses a similar model, after all: Read the process, repeat the process, prove or disprove the theory.  Same goes for Writing.  We have some really great classics to draw from. (I’m sure at some point I’ll ramble pitifully about Shakespeare.  Just give me time.)  One of the giants, for me, is a filmmaker you may have heard of named Alfred Hitchcock.

A cool article from WD on his writing tricks: 6 Writing Lessons from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

But there’s this even cooler actual interview with the man that is really worth the watching.  I found it at the Alfred Hitchcock wiki. There is really nothing I don’t love about that interview.  So… go check it out!

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