The “Tiny Dark Closet” Phase of Writing a Novel

Last summer, I got stuck in the novel I was writing. It had all been going so well, for quite a while there. That is, after the first few months of the pandemic, which distracted me so badly I couldn’t … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur: Characters, Their Care and Feeding
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In every work of fiction, characters assume different levels of importance. There are vital, primary characters (the protagonist, the antagonist), secondary characters (companions, love interests, foils), and (to use film terminology) bit players, walk-ons, and extras. One way we signal … Continue reading

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New Writers Ask: Why Does Point of View Matter?
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A frequently asked question, especially at writers’ conferences and conventions is: What is point of view, why does it matter, and how do I choose which one to use? Okay, I guess that’s three questions. I shall attempt to answer them. … Continue reading

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