Process

Invention and Ziggy Stardust

Sooner or later, all writers struggle with invention. Finding something to say about any given topic involves a lengthy process of thinking, reading, contemplating evidence, and considering your means of persuasion. Aristotle, who first systematized rhetoric, argued that rhetoricians needed to discover all available means of persuasion in order to communicate any real truth about a topic. Say something. Ancient… Continue reading Invention and Ziggy Stardust

Process

Get Out of the Way

Stephen King writes that writing, when it's good, is "inspired play" for the writer, and he also claims that stories pretty much make themselves. Yet letting this happen this requires trust. And confidence. Some novice writers imagine themselves as puppeteers, controlling characters in order to make them do their bidding. "Yes, my little pets, we will take over… Continue reading Get Out of the Way