Want Writing Advice From Ursula K. Le Guin?

If you’ve got a question about writing for Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog series, Navigating the Ocean of Story, submit it here. She will be posting her responses on September 21 and October 5. After that, she’s going to take a break and decide whether to do this again. So get your questions in now! Remember, questions must be under 200 words, are limited to fiction, and should be about the craft of writing.




Want Writing Advice From Ursula K. Le Guin? — 4 Comments

  1. How do you judge the appropriate level of pathos in a scene? I’ve written scenes that make me cry every time, but then I know the characters and what they’re _really_ feeling, not just what may come through to a reader. I’m told my writing is understated, yet when I leave more obvious emotional cues, the writing feels crude and blunt. Any clever ideas on how to balance this – other than via beta readers?