PEN/Studzinski Award Winner James Whyle Shares His Short Story Writing Tips
James Whyle, whose PEN/Studzinski Award winning short story, “The Story”, appears in the collection African Pens 2011: New Writing from Southern Africa, shared his writing tips on LitNet. “Structure – real structure, not plot – is musical,” Whyle says. Read his other insights:
1. Write. Write daily. It doesn’t matter what it is, but try always to have at least one biggish project at some stage of evolution at all times.
2. Read continuously, but never out of obligation. Search out writers that entertain and provoke you. Steal and copy what you love. (Imitation is good practice.) Acknowledge it where necessary.
- African Pens 2011: New Writing from Southern Africa by SA Pen
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