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terry-odell's picture
Jan.12.2011
One of the first lessons I learned when writing was "Only Trouble is Interesting." Conflict doesn't have to be earth-shattering, in-your-face, knock down drag-em-out. In fact, sometimes the best conflicts are the everyday events. They may not be "exciting" in terms of things...
thaisa-frank's picture
Jan.07.2011
Skibell, McCarthy and Lagerkvist have written very different books.  All of them, though, are driven by a strong and believable voice of a first-person narrator--a voice that contains the essential conflict and tension of the story. More details at http://beatrice.com/wordpress/2011/01/07/thaisa-...
adele-annesi's picture
Dec.11.2010
I recently read part of the first draft of a novel where a 30th-birthday dinner  was to end in conflict. This one didn't. The scene was well-written and the characters distinct, but the scene was flat as a newly tarred driveway. Why? No tension.  A scene can lack tension for various reasons. In...
terry-odell's picture
Dec.08.2010
Tonight's the last night of Hanukkah. I hope you've enjoyed some of your gifts And my last gift for you is another Smashwords coupon. This one is 50% off WHEN DANGER CALLS, and it's good through the end of the year. Use Coupon Code ET46A at checkout. I hope you'll enjoy it. This should give you...
bob-mustin's picture
Oct.30.2010
Part 2 - The Re-Enchantment of the World – Secular Magic in a Rational Age, Edited by Joshua Landy & Michael Saler   I promised another post on this book a couple of weeks ago, emphasizing these essays’ approach to literature. After some thought, this:   I often hear from readers that such...
bob-mustin's picture
Oct.30.2010
Part 2 - The Re-Enchantment of the World – Secular Magic in a Rational Age, Edited by Joshua Landy & Michael Saler   I promised another post on this book a couple of weeks ago, emphasizing these essays’ approach to literature. After some thought, this:   I often hear from readers that such...
bob-mustin's picture
Sep.10.2010
“Father Sergius” from The Death Of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy       My last comments on this collection of Tolstoy's stories: "Father Sergius" is a rather long story, some 11,000 words. It concerns a long span of years in the life of a Russian prince, Stepan...
pat-bertram's picture
Sep.01.2010
I went through my notes about writing to find a topic for this blog, and I came across a reminder to always remember the five Cs: Character (characters are paramount, they personify the story)Conflict (without conflict, there is no story)Change (characters change, circumstances change, the plot...
terry-odell's picture
Aug.16.2010
If you’re writing, you’re told to put some kind of conflict on every page. These conflicts don’t have to be life-threatening, or even fear-inducing for your characters. Sometimes they can be ordinary. The important thing to remember is that the character must make a choice. A simple, real-...
tayari-jones's picture
Jun.01.2010
Just a reminder about my summer class at Provincetown. The bad news is that enrollment is low this year-- low enrollement=canceled class. The good news is that there is a discount available. (email me for details.) Meanwhile, here are the deets on the class. I hope it happens.   The class: HE SAID...