Reposted: Business Musings: Let’s Talk Real Business, Shall We?

A fascinating piece from Kristine Katheryn Rusch, readers! Business Musings: Let’s Talk Real Business, Shall We? Two weeks ago, I posted about agenting changes, and linked to a Hollywood Reporter piece about the new writer/agent relationship. Many of you had sent me that piece, because it is shocking in its happy talk about what is, … Continue reading Reposted: Business Musings: Let’s Talk Real Business, Shall We?

Reposted: How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters?

Take a look at this piece by K.M. Weiland, readers! How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters? One of the most common questions I’m asked is how to structure stories with multiple main characters. If you have two (or more) characters who are equally important to the story and receive equal POV time, how … Continue reading Reposted: How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters?

Writerly Sound Bites, Number 12: Emotional Continuity for Characters in Fiction

Crossover Queen had a thought-provoking post on her site about emotional investment in the characters of her favorite stories. This was spurred by the tumblr post here, which is interesting reading in itself. Both of them pointed out that plots revolving around “saving the world” and a “Chosen One” – as they are presently presented, … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 12: Emotional Continuity for Characters in Fiction

Reposted: 8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You’re At It)

Check out this article from K.M. Weiland, readers! 8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You’re At It) “The plot was contrived, and the characters were cardboard.” Ouch. That’s about as bad as it can get when it comes to negative story reviews. It’s also perhaps one of the most common complaints … Continue reading Reposted: 8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You’re At It)

Reposted: How to Create Villains Who Are Actually Intimidating

An excellent article, readers: How to Create Villains Who Are Actually Intimidating Horror of horrors, beta readers keep telling you that your villain isn’t scary. You’ve given him a tragic past, control issues, and bloodlust. He even has an impeccable sense of style and color coordinates his weapons and outfits. Why isn’t he memorable? Villains … Continue reading Reposted: How to Create Villains Who Are Actually Intimidating

Reposted – Orwell and Lewis: The Supernatural Keeps Breaking In

This piece by Mr. John C. Wright was too good to pass up, readers. Enjoy! Orwell and Lewis: The Supernatural Keeps Breaking In A longtime reader with the Latinate yet indecipherable name of Nostreculsus,  while discussing THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH by C.S. Lewis, writes: George Orwell reviewed Mr. Lewis’ book, with great appreciation of the concept, … Continue reading Reposted – Orwell and Lewis: The Supernatural Keeps Breaking In

Reposted – Creative Writing Reflection: Do Multiple Protagonists Require Some Pattern of Narration?

Take a look at this excellent article, readers: Creative Writing Reflection: Do Multiple Protagonists Require Some Pattern of Narration? multiple protagonists: how do you find balance? Every story, and therefore every novel, has a protagonist: at least one. I wrote yesterday about troubles I’m having with a character trying to fight her way up, becoming more … Continue reading Reposted – Creative Writing Reflection: Do Multiple Protagonists Require Some Pattern of Narration?