A Dose of Kyle

Writing by Kyle Freelander

Writer Wednesday

Quotes, prompts, inspiration, and more to help writers get back to writing. As always, let me know what you think! If you’re brave enough to post your writing in regards to a prompt, let me know –I would love to check it out! Kyle

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Quotes

“Writing fiction is not “self-expression” or “therapy.” Novels are for readers, and writing them means the crafty, patient, selfless construction of effects. I think of my novels as being something like fairground rides: my job is to strap the reader into their car at the start of chapter one, then trundle and whiz them through scenes and surprises, on a carefully planned route, and at a finely engineered pace.” -Sarah Waters

“Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.” -Raymond Chandler

“Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.” -Sir Francis Bacon

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Prompts

[[ These exercises are from Imaginative Writing The Elements of Craft 3rd ed. By Janet Burroway (a textbook I had from one of my fiction writing classes during undergrad).  ]]

Write, quickly, a couple of pages about something banal that you’ve done in the past few days. Then replace at least fifteen nouns with other nouns that are in some way extreme, or inappropriate to the subject at hand. Any usable ideas in there?

Begin with the largest general category you can think of –minerals, food, structures –think big. Then narrow the category step by step, becoming more specific until you have a single detailed image. Try it again with the same large category but narrow in another direction. Can you, without naming a quality, make your image suggest an idea or direct our attitude towards the thing you describe?

Choose three characters from your story-in-progress and put them in a scene where they must decide on a name for something (a pet, a brochure, a dessert, a building…) Write the dialogue and their actions, in play form if you like, because this scene will probably not find its way into your story, but it will help you identify their attitudes and feelings toward each other.

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and more!

Strengthen your novel with these 30 one-minute tips: www.darcypattison.com/revision/30-days-to-a-stronger-novel

Learn about Amanda Hocking and her success as an indie author: www.novelr.com/2011/02/27/rich-indie-writer

In search of a writing group? www.scribophile.com

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moremoremore!

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Write on!

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Welcome! A Dose of Kyle is an ever-growing collection of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, random thoughts and musings from the mind of Kyle Freelander. Some of these posts are new works while some are older ones that have been spruced up for the occasion. Feel free to stay and read awhile. Remember, feedback is always appreciated! -Kyle

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