B. Washington Writes

Hi! My name is Brittany. I write fiction and poetry. I'll be documenting the editing process of my first novel, offering writing tips and prompts, and of course writing about books! (Psalm 45:1)

“There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s not for you to relate to! And why can’t you expand yourself so you can relate to the humanity of a character as opposed to the color of what they are?”

—   Anika Noni Rose in Vanity Fair, via this excellent Buzzfeed article on diversity in publishing. (via leeandlow)

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8 Writing Strategies for People Who Say They Can't Write

entmagazine:

If you want to launch and grow a business, chances are you’re going to have to put words on the page. Probably many words on many pages. Which means there’s no room for saying you “hate writing” or “can’t write.”

In many cases, the more important the writing task, the more…

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“Don’t worry about being original, she said dismissively. Yes, everything’s been written, but also, the thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. You writing it makes it possible.”

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Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”

Chen’s full essay is well worth the read. Pair with Annie Dillard on writing.

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Free Novel Pitch Template To Download (.doc)

Many writers lose focus when writing their novel because they don’t put in the necessary work at foundation level … And this is often because they don’t know WHAT to do at foundation level! Here is a novel pitch template to download (for your own use and/or submission to others, such as beta readers or your agent), plus a breakdown of how I filled mine in for my debut novel in English, THE DECISION: LIZZIE’S STORY. Enjoy and hope it helps!

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liveinspiredmagazine:

The human voice is unique. No two people sound exactly alike. But for millions of people with severe speech impairments who use computerized voices to express themselves, that’s a different story. Imagine a little girl and a grown man speaking with the same voice. Rupal Patel witnessed it at an assistive technology conference a few years ago. That inspired her to work on a way to create unique voices for people with speech impairments. Visit liveinspiredmag.com and check out VOCALID – CREATING VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS and listen to her TEDtalk as well. #socialchange #liveinspired

liveinspiredmagazine:

The human voice is unique. No two people sound exactly alike. But for millions of people with severe speech impairments who use computerized voices to express themselves, that’s a different story. Imagine a little girl and a grown man speaking with the same voice. Rupal Patel witnessed it at an assistive technology conference a few years ago. That inspired her to work on a way to create unique voices for people with speech impairments. Visit liveinspiredmag.com and check out VOCALID – CREATING VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS and listen to her TEDtalk as well. #socialchange #liveinspired