Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

The Craft of Writing – Using Statistics to Determine What Makes Great Writing

“I became very interested in how different writers and people give writing advice. There’s a lot of it that made sense but seemed not backed up by information, and a lot of it that conflicted with each other.”
“…this book, Nabokov’s Favourite Word is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing, if you are into writing, will answer a lot of questions for you and definitely change the way you think about some things, but ultimately there is really no replacement for ideas that make people think and scenes that make people fearful or connect with the characters.”
“This book is looking at the craft of writing and not necessarily how to create a memorable story. This book is not trying to engineer a perfect novel, and I don’t think we are as close to that as some people may fear.”
“…one thing with writing that kind of gets lost is that you can focus on one sentence by an author, especially in creative writing classes, or one passage, and you lose the bigger picture to see these general patterns and trends that writers are using over and over again, hundreds and maybe thousands of times in their own writing.”

 “…there is something to the fact that writers who are writing in a very direct manner do produce books that overall live the longest.”

About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

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This entry was posted on March 20, 2017 by in Writing Advice and tagged , , .

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