Tag Archives: Anthony Trollope

The Grit Scale: An Aptitude Test for Writers

Photo of John Wayne in True Grit.

Kaze and I have written much at 317am about the travails and temptations of those attempting to write fiction – the virtues of seat time and regular patterns of writing versus the distracting allure of social media, sports on TV, … Read more »

Waiting for the Muse

Image of Deborah Eisenberg

The short story writer Deborah Eisenberg (age 65) just won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a well deserved prize. Her response is interesting for the mortals among us. “Writing is a struggle for me, and when I am unable to … Read more »

A Seven-Step Program for Procrastinating Writers

317 - time openbook

But at my back I always hear
Time’s winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Andrew Marvell’s poem “To his Coy Mistress” Read more »

Ras: Third-Person Pitfalls

Ras: The Seven-Tips Version

“If you can write a 7 item grocery list, you can create a 7 Tips Article that will bring you more traffic & profits.”