Tag Archive: writing fiction

Pacing of a Novel

I read Gideon’s Corpse, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and Impact by Douglas Preston, one after the other. The first is on the New York Best Seller’s list, not sure if the… Continue reading

Cliffhangers

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

Describing Characters

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

Perfect Example

This post is a continuation of my last post, Strong Women Fictional Characters. This post is about a woman who is soft and strong, intelligent and a conundrum. Abby Sciuto is a Forensic Specialist… Continue reading

Inanimate Characters

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

Untrust Worthy Characters

It’s good to be honest and trust worthy. Lies and secrets causes unnecessary problems. But it also makes for boring plots. In the second book of Jim Butcher‘s Dresden Files, Full Moon, Kim… Continue reading

Two Dimensional Characters

We are repeatedly told our characters must have depth. No one is just good. They must have faults to be human. By the end of the novel, our hero must transform into a… Continue reading

Cause & Affect

The actions of one character can change the course of the plot and set in motion a domino tumble. In the TV show Revenge, Amanda Clark is out to destroy the family who… Continue reading

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