Alan first taught a summer creative writing workshop at UCLA in 1998, and has been teaching and lecturing on the creative process in L.A. and at colleges around the country ever since.
LW: You must have now met hundreds of people with the desire to tell their stories. What key differences are there between writers who dream and writers who do? Continue reading Five Questions for Alan Watt on Making Your Writing Dreams Come True
My First Novel: Tales of Woe and Glory (Writers Tribe Books)
Edited by Alan Watt
Note from a reading at Skylight Books on Friday October 4th, 2013
So you’re writing your first novel, eh? Here’s how you might be thinking it goes. Work hard every day, adding 1,000 words to the story that you’ve been dreaming of publishing. Finish story and get a bunch of friends to tell you it’s the bomb (but it needs some fixing). Fix those things and get some manilla envelopes and stamps at the post office and ship until someone says “yes!” Continue reading F-Yeah, First Novel
Tips from Karen Bender, author of A Town Of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press, 2013).
Karen Bender’s second novel, A Town of Empty Rooms, came easier than the first. She prefers the short story form and her first book, the novel Like Normal People, was spiraling in its first draft. She had thought that writing a novel was the same as writing pages. So she had many many pages with no narrative arch. She found herself asking: what is it that my character wants?
By book two she had learned to write only the scenes she needed to tell the story. Have a core question that you are aiming to answer, and write to that. Some examples are – is he going to get the girl? Or will he find his way home? Reduce the story to one question to find out what’s necessary to include. Continue reading On Writing The Real