Guest Post + Giveaway: How to Write by Reading by Edward Lorn2/22/2013
The greatest tools an aspiring author can add to their arsenal of knowledge are other people's books. In his memoir, On Writing, Stephen King says, "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." I will add this: You should read good books to learn what to do. If an author held your attention, you should dissect the writing, mull over the word usage and sentence structure, and research how he or she was able to accomplish the feat. Then, read the junk floating around out there as well. Glean from the disastrous text what went so horribly wrong. Maybe the characters are cardboard cutouts, or Saran wrapped street-art caricatures. Perhaps the plot is unbelievable, or unoriginal and trite. The best way to learn how to write well is to read poorly written material. When you know what not to do, you can stray from the over-used clichés and wooden character to create substance and layered goodness. Mind you, I'm not saying you need to bore yourself to death, only a chapter of two worth of garbage can go a long way.
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Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.
Once upon a time, during a session of show and tell, a seven-year-old Edward Lorn shared with his class that his baby brother had died over the weekend. His classmates, the teacher included, wept while he recanted the painful tragedy of having lost a sibling. Edward went home that day and found an irate mother waiting for him. Edward's teacher had called to express her condolences. This was unfortunate, as Edward had never had a baby brother.
With advice given to her by a frustrated teacher, Edward's mother made him start writing all of his lies down. The rest, as they say, is history.
Edward Lorn and his wife are raising two children, along with a handful of outside cats and a beagle named Dot. He remains a liar to this day. The only difference is, now he's a useful one.
|Hope For The Wicked by Edward Lorn|
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