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Saturday, October 11
The Key To Making A Character Multidimensional: Pairs of Opposites
I’m not going to recap the content of my previous two posts (it would take too long), but if you’d like to give them a quick look here a...
Thursday, October 9
Story World As Crucible
Yesterday we talked about the essence of drama and the key to developing character; namely, developing a story world which will test t...
Tuesday, October 7
Mind Worms And The Essence of Drama
Have you ever watched the movie, The Game ? Michael Douglas plays a person with every material advantage who is, nevertheless, precari...
Friday, October 3
Story Composition: Variety Within Unity
I’m slowly worming (bookworming!) my way through Robert McKee’s epic book on life and writing, “Story,” and have come to what I think ...
Wednesday, October 1
The Freeze-Dried Fiction Contest with Margaret Atwood
I’m back! My vacation was fabulous, but it’s equally fabulous to be back in my writers cave surrounded by my books and cats and dust ...
Tuesday, September 9
The Royal Order of Adjectives
Lists are powerful. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Lists of names for characters, lists of locations, lists of interestin...
Friday, September 5
Keeping A Writing Journal
“I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. [...] [I]f you want to write, you need to keep a...
Thursday, September 4
Subplots And The Great Swampy Middle
Today I’d like to talk about something that puzzled me no end when I first began writing: subplots. I’ve been reading Robert McKee’s bo...
Tuesday, September 2
Guest Post by Chris Pitchford on Writing And Programming
Today I’m going to do something a bit different. I don’t usually have guest posts, but when I discovered Chris Pitchford was coming out...
Friday, August 29
Using adverbs in dialogue tags: a matter of style or a sign of timidity?
Writers are often told not to use adverbs in dialogue tags. For example: “You are dead to me,” he said coldly. Or, worse: “...
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