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dale-estey's picture
Apr.27.2012
I have been informed, more than once, that my novel about Kafka, where I 'replace' his missing diaries, should have some contemporary outer shell. As if there was a scholar or reporter who tracked down these diaries, and then published them. I think that is confusing and clutter. However, real life...
bob-mustin's picture
Mar.27.2012
I'm wondering.... image via depositphotos.com   You writers out there, how do you go about structuring your stories? Do you have a plan, or do you just wing it? And do you plot it out? Do you have your characters dance on plot's puppet strings? All these are valid ways to write, some maybe...
bob-mustin's picture
Feb.09.2012
We talk occasionally about the unity of story, how it's supposed to hang together and keep us interested. But my writing pal, Lyn, brought me a tough question recently: How do characterizations fit into that unity of story? At first thought - they don't. Characters are discrete, individualistic,...
stephen-evans's picture
Feb.09.2012
Action is what happens. Plot is why it happens. Story is why it matters.
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.23.2011
An agent recently told me during a face-to-face, and concerning a manuscript of mine he was looking at, "You're telling too much at the beginning. It's an information dump. Spread out the back ground stuff, maybe over something like the first fifty pages." You always give the agent the benefit of...
dale-estey's picture
Nov.25.2011
I am so glad that there are still authors as intense and convoluted as Umberto Eco. And I am doubly content that they continue to get published. His novels are works for which you have to work. He is such a relief from the facile. Here is an interview with him plus an excerpt of his new novel....
bob-mustin's picture
Nov.21.2011
image via flickr.com I took part in a "manuscript mart" yesterday, courtesy of the North Carolina Writers Network. It was more of a critique session than a case of an agent looking seriously for manuscripts. Still I did gain a few good ideas from it. Change the beginning, he said, and he gave me a...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.18.2011
  Even though Shakespeare spelled his own name a half dozen different ways, he was Shakespeare. And he did write the plays of Shakespeare. It is a lunatic assumption that he did not do so. But the lunatics have persisted throughout the ages, usually asserting that a common man could not have...
bob-mustin's picture
Aug.31.2011
Anna Karenina – Section Three, by Leo Tolstoy   image via whatsthematterwithkansas.com So now we’re into what I call the “Kansas” of a novel: the characters are defined, the plot underway toward the opposite coast; i.e., the crisis point and denouement. But first to bring you up to date....
eddie-louise-clark's picture
Aug.23.2011
Many times in my reading and learning about the art of writing I stumble across people who define story as conterminous with plot. I feel this can be a limiting view of story and in the end is harmful to the 'long view' for our writing. PLOT: –noun 1.Also called storyline. the...