Dr. Jerry Pournelle on Writing and Heinlein

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Welcome * Topic: Dr. Jerry Pournelle on Writing and Heinlein * The Magnetic Drive * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” Muhammad Ali “Unless you wrote your book exclusively for your own satisfaction, once your creative vision is on the page, it’s time to zoom in on how the book works for readers.” Lisa Poisso, Resident Writing Coach at Writers in the Storm (Um, I suggest asking how the … Read more

The Journal: Dialect

In today‚Äôs Journal * Topic: Don’t Write Dialect Unless You Know How * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: Don’t Write Dialect Unless You Know How Simple, straightforward advice, right? And it makes sense. Few problems will jerk a reader out of your story faster than poorly written dialect. But it’s also a paradox. After all, how can you learn how to do something if you don’t try? But if you try, you’re not following the advice. I have both a book (Writing Dialect) and an audio course (How to Write Effective Dialect) on the topic. But even in those, … Read more