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farzana-versey's picture
May.30.2013
Would you wish to enter the house of a character? I’d much rather enter the mind. A home, it is assumed, reveals how the character thinks, and this is of course if such a place exists. Recently, Slate did a detailed piece on Jay Gatsby’s mansion, which prompted CBC to track a few others. There...
david-niall-wilson's picture
May.19.2013
  There are two things you’ll hear a lot when people start giving out advice on writing. - Write what you know  - POV matters  I’m not much for cut-and-dried rules; I write what I write, and I write ‘how’ I write, but sometimes I can go back after the fact and pick out some things...
jane-wilson's picture
May.18.2013
Two of my favorite characters are Miss Spinster and Judge I.M. Oldenbald. I like them because they wear the same clothes much of the time. Judge Oldenbald has lots of liver spots on his bald pate and smells musty. Miss Spinster teaches school. Their conversations are boring. Until Judge Oldenbald...
jane-wilson's picture
May.18.2013
There is a method to the madness that affects writers. It's recorded on crumbling papyrus and stored securely in a box that is padlocked, encased with chains and sealed with Gorilla Glue. For good measure, a wizard and a witch cast a magical spell that cannot be broken for several centuries. A...
thaisa-frank's picture
May.15.2013
    Time in fiction   Time is the dark horse of fiction.  Without a sense of unfolding, emergent time—time that is happening at the very moment of in the story--the reader remains outside the story, as one would stand on the banks of a river. Just as a character needs to convey...
thaisa-frank's picture
May.15.2013
Time in fiction   Time is the dark horse of fiction.  Without a sense of unfolding, emergent time—time that is happening at the very moment of in the story--the reader remains outside the story, as one would stand on the banks of a river. Just as a character needs to convey the sense that...
dale-estey's picture
May.13.2013
My own mother has long gone to her reward (and if heaven is what we most enjoyed in life, there is a flower garden involved).  I have created (I just realised) few mothers for my novels (or might a Mother Superior count). I have met and known some truly horrible mothers, but am more acquainted...
sherry-parnell's picture
May.10.2013
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”--William Wordsworth Every person manages emotion in a different way.  Some internalize their feelings while others vocalize them.  I recently wrote how allowing children to experience all emotions, including those of sadness and...
thaisa-frank's picture
May.06.2013
         When you read a good writer the world, for that moment, can seem no other way. Crime and Punishment is imbued with Dostoyevsky’s sense of the world. Had Tolstoy written Crime and Punishment, we would have visited a different Russia world. One might argue that...
thaisa-frank's picture
May.06.2013
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