Writing tips are easy to come by. Far too many people think they can teach you, or sell you, a better way to get ‘er done. Few of these writing tips are actually fun to read. The ones that are, are slightly priceless (how’s that for oxymoronic equivocation).
Here’s a list of choice tips-type columns I’ve come across recently:
- A blog called The Rejectionist published hilarious writing tips brought to mind by the many gaffs of Terminator: Salvation. It’s a movie-review, advice-column hybrid!
- Cheaper Ironies has 5 Writing Lessons from H.P. Lovecraft, which is as much about what not to do as anything. “The prose is clunky, the characters stereotypical, the premise queasily racist. But Lovecraft puts you right in the middle of that haunted, decaying seaport …” It’s a love-hate thing, I guess.
- Io9.com has a running thread of “free advice” for scifi writers which is entertaining for both breadth and zaniness. It’s a free association version of writing tips with great entries like “What’s So Bad About Adverbs?” and “All Your Characters Talk The Same — And They’re Not A Hivemind!“
- Unspeak had fun recently ripping overuse of the modifier ‘some’ in McCarthy’s The Road. (I especially appreciate this one because I am a victim of the same tic).
- Sometimes the best advise is the most obvious, which is why Write to Done’s “U2 Method for High-Impact Writing” is worth reading, even if it’s completely no-duh.
- And, finally, get your fix of sexy etymology at Hot For Words!