The Importance of Flash Fiction

Nat Russo Flash, Writing 34 Comments

When I hung my shingle out as a “Writer” on Twitter the most amazing thing happened: People began inviting me to share my work. They invited me to participate in all sorts of promotions and contests.  One type of contest stood out among the rest: the Flash Fiction contest. Participating in these contests taught me a great deal about myself, and a great deal about writing.

My Facebook Page is up!

Nat Russo Facebook, How-To, Process, Publishing, Reference Books, Writing 2 Comments

It’s been said “if you build it, they will come.” Well, I decided to put that to the test!  If you’ve enjoyed the blog and would appreciate smaller-sized content that I don’t post here or on Twitter, I invite you to join me on my new Facebook author page: Nat Russo – Author. Please head on over and click the “Like” button for me. It will likely inspire me to continue producing quality content. But if nothing else it will give me a much-needed ego boost! 🙂 For some added incentive, I submit this picture of a skull on black…for no other reason than I like it…oh, and I write about people who play with dead things. What’s a little necromancy …

The Importance of Stepping Away

Nat Russo Disney, Health, Process, Writing 10 Comments

[Update 03/05/2016: This was one of the articles I migrated from the old blog site. Some of the formatting zigged when it should have zagged. I’ve fixed it. Also, I did some additional editing. Why? Because I write gooder now. 🙂 ] I’ve been absent for several weeks, but let me assure you…it was by design. Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I post a Tweet every couple of weeks that reads as follows: Sometimes you just need to step away for a while. As I prepare for at least two more weeks of hiatus, I’d like to delve a little deeper into that Tweet.

The Cascade of Talandri

Nat Russo Fantasy, Flash, Writing Leave a Comment

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately from people who would like to see samples of my writing. Like most writers, I feel a certain amount of fear when it comes to sharing the material I write. Having never published officially, I guess I’m lacking that psychological “stamp of approval” we all need at the beginning of our careers.   I’ve decided to share a piece of flash fiction I wrote for this years annual Lascaux Flash contest. I didn’t win…for that matter I didn’t even place…but, for better or worse, this is a sample of my work. I tend to write about dark subjects, and this is no departure from that habit.   The contest is simple: Look …

Should Writers Follow the Rules?

Nat Russo Basics, Publishing, Writing 31 Comments

There’s a commonly held belief among new writers that the rules are made to be broken. I agree to an extent, but if you’re an unpublished writer you break the rules at your own risk. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@NatRusso)  know how I love my “writetip” autotweets. Here’s another one of my favorites: Don’t break a rule until you understand it. Learn the rules of grammar…then break them like a pro. But start with learning. Continue past the jump to discover how this applies to not only grammar.    

Can Anyone be a Writer?

Nat Russo Basics, Process, Writing 58 Comments

[Updated March 19, 2015] Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I have a schedule of writing “tips” that I tweet semi-regularly. They often spark thoughtful conversations on the craft, which is one of the reasons I started them to begin with. But there is one tweet in particular that I receive no end of grief for publishing: Writing is a learned craft, not a mystical gift from the universe. You can learn. Practice. Read. Write. Read some more. Write! #writetip That sounds innocent enough, doesn’t it? Read on to feel my pain…

Anatomy Of A Love Scene: A Guest Post By Laura Oliva

Nat Russo Guest Posts, How-To, Writing 2 Comments

“Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?” -Pietro Aretino   Have you ever read a love scene that just didn’t work?   What did you notice most about it?  Did it read like an electrician’s manual?  Did the characters suddenly morph into completely different people?  Was the prose stilted, or conversely, so flowery and over-the-top it made you snort?  Do you live in mortal fear of making these mistakes in your own writing?   Love scenes are scary to write.  There’s so much that can go wrong, a lot of people choose to bypass them altogether.  Well, I’m here to tell you: you can write a love scene.  Hell, with a little work, …

Using Twitter Effectively: Part 9 of 10 – Being Antisocial

Nat Russo How-To, Twitter, Writing 2 Comments

If you’ve been following this series, then over the last 3 days you’ve discovered the evils of Auto-DMs, the tediousness of people who tweet their shopping lists, and the dark side of Auto-Tweets. Today I’d like to take us one step further and talk about antisocial behavior and how it can <ahem> harm your efforts to build a writer’s platform.

Using Twitter Effectively: Part 8 of 10 – Auto Tweets (The Bad)

Nat Russo How-To, Twitter, Writing 2 Comments

In Part 4 of this 10-part series I covered the benefits of auto-tweeting, and I offered some links to automation tools that have helped me maintain a steady schedule of informational tweets. In today’s post I’d like to cover the dark side of auto-tweeting. This should be relatively short, as I think you’ll find most of it appeals to common sense.