A Major Part of American Literature

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] The short story has long been a major part of American literature. Many famous authors started out writing short stories. Louis L’Amour wrote short stories for years for magazines and papers in order to get his stories in the public eye. He knew if he could get his work read he would develop a following. And he did just that. He remains one of the most widely read authors in history. Writing short stories is a great way for an aspiring author to develop his craft. In a full-length novel the author can let the plot unfold as each character is developed. But don’t get the wrong idea, writing a novel is no easy chore. You have to hold the attention of the reader for 150 pages and more. That is not an easy task. Likewise, writing a short story is not easy. The author Read More …

Differences between Classicism and Romanticism

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] Introduction: Generally, ‘Classicism’ was the collection of the standards or pattern embodied in the literature, art, or architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. In other words, it meant following traditional standards (as of simplicity, self-control, and proportion) that were universally and permanently appropriate. Broadly, Classicism meant clearness, elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms. It was, sometimes, synonymous with excellence or artistic quality of high distinction. More precisely, the term meant the respect and following of Greek and Roman literature, art, and architecture. Because the principles of Classicism came from the rules and practices of the ancients, the term came to mean the devotion to specific academic standards. In the 18th century, ‘Romanticism’ appeared as a creative, literary, and scholarly movement; it actually began in Europe and  was at its summit in most areas in the estimated period from 1798 to 1832 Read More …

Creative Writers, See How Much You Know on This Quiz

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] Creative writing is so much more than stringing your words together in the proper order. It is the wondrous transport by which you place your own thoughts and fears into the hearts and minds of others. How much do you know about writing? Test your knowledge, and check your answers in the bottom half of the article. 1. The main climax scene is called the ________2. The main idea of the entire story is called the ________3. How you phrase your thoughts is called your writing _______4. The four kinds of conflict are _________5. Name the four points of view.6. Name the two kinds of voice.7. Another word for people “speaking” is _______8. The first paragraph should set the ________9. Developing a character is called _________10. Making the readers see the setting in their minds is ________11. Use _______, don’t tell.12. When you have finished Read More …

Professional Writers Toe the Line of Publishing Format Standards

[purchase_link id=”25524″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”orange”] You’ve written, retooled, and revised. Now it’s time to turn your manuscript over to an editor to be refined before you submit it to the “critical eye” of a publisher. You want to ensure that your content is error free and compelling, of course. But you also want your manuscript to be formatted using generally accepted industry guidelines. Otherwise, the publisher may not even consider it. Your editor will check both content and format. However, you’ll come across more professionally and save your editor time (and thus yourself money) if you’ve already formatted your manuscript according to industry standards. These guidelines aren’t carved in stone, but they’ve been gleaned from acquisition editors, various printed sources, and two major publishers: • Put only one space between sentences. Two spaces is a holdover from the days when writers used typewriters. Computers use proportional spacing, eliminating the need Read More …