Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Stephen King on the real muse

There is a muse but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer station. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment […]

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Quick Take for writers: Remember your Scars

Stephen King once said, “A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is to remember every scar.” Fiction is based on a dramatic situation where interesting people experience interesting problems that seem unsolvable. As the story progresses important events will unfold until […]

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In case you missed it: How Stephen King teaches writing

A terrific interview at The Atlantic. Thanks Mr. King for speaking out against adverbs and lazy writing. My favorite line:  Reading good fiction is like making the jump from masturbation to sex.   Keep writing, keep dreaming, have heart

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Breaking Out

Jessica Page Morrell© Associate with all the smart, funny, talented, creative people you can, learn to write beautifully, but don’t stay locked in your room to do it: go out and try new things, meet new people, have a wonderful, rich, compelling, and interesting life — and then tell me about it in the most […]

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