It is said, writing a novel is a lonely job. Maybe so, but we would not succeed without family, friends, writing groups: those who read our drafts and give honest opinions. They save… Continue reading
Recently, I posted Pacing of a Novel. I wrote about how pacing set the tone of a novel. In this post, I write about how the pacing of a scene can bring a… Continue reading
I thought Changes, by Jim Butcher, of the Dresden Files, was the last of the series. I’ve read most of them twice and was settled that this was the last book I’d read… Continue reading
The Windows of a Novel Here is a quote from Preston Fuller’s Writing Blog Human Nature and Superpowers “A book is a lot like a window.
Snow White is no longer a sweet, innocent maiden; she’s a warrior. As a strong woman fictional character, Snow White has come along way.
Sometimes when I read fiction, I’m surprised at how vague character description can sometimes be. Example: in one published book an author described a character as colorfully dressed. What does that mean? It… Continue reading
Ken Follett writes WW II thrillers. He doesn’t spend pages explaining what WW II was, or who participated in it or who Hitler was. He assumes the reader knows their world history enough… Continue reading
I really liked the TV series Flashforward and was disappointed when it was canceled. I wanted to know how it ended so I thought I’d read the book the series was based on.… Continue reading
Not all characters are living breathing beings. When the writers Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof first approached J. J. Abrams about a new Television series, Lost, J. J. Abrams was not interested. A… Continue reading