Études vs. Widgets

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series For Writers

A while back, I started a series of posts on what I was then calling “Études for Writers.” I think that title is a mistake. I had reasons for choosing the title, of course, which I explained in the first post on the subject: basically, études are special kinds of exercises that marry technique to sensitivity to a theoretical structure. Just […]

Etudes for Writers, 3.1: If At First You Don’t

… succeed, remind yourself of your goal, and try attack the problem in another way. This is a categorically different kind of statement than, “try, try again.” I think this because the reassessment and questioning of goals is crucial. Example: Today, my crit group met to discuss a dialog etude we’d all tried (this one) […]

Writing Etude #3: You Are What You Say

Well, the writers I live with and I tried out the last writing etude I posted, and the results were really quite interesting, but I’m going to update that post sometime with results and thoughts. When we concluded our discussion of that etude, we decided to try another one, suggested by the inimitable E.G. Cosh. […]

Etudes for Writers, #2.1

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series For Writers

In my last post in this series, I mentioned (and linked) the blog of my friend Ian McHugh, an excellent Australian SF/fantasy writer. I wanted to mention this post of his, regarding the usefulness (or uselessness) of word frequency analysis when trying to figure out what you’re doing unconsiously in your writing, as well as […]