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elizabeth-stark's picture
Dec.06.2008
Point of view is plot. E. M. Forster says, in his wonderful lecture series/ book Aspects of the Novel, that in a novel with a story, the reader asks, “And then what?” while in a novel with a plot, the readers asks, “Why?” But the trick to creating those questions in your reader has much to do with...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Aug.13.2008
Bob Levin wrote to me this morning, having been one of the people who asked for a copy of a romance novel. I sent him When You Believe, and Bob read it. I am impressed because I've managed to read half of a Martha Grimes novel, the first third of King Lear, and assorted parts of books I'm...
joseph-john's picture
Jul.14.2008
The phrase "write what you know" is a misnomer. It doesn't mean that if you're a lawyer, you have to write about lawyers; if you're a policeman, you have to write about the police; if you're a housewife, you have to write about housewives; if you're a crack head, you have to write about...
joseph-john's picture
Jun.23.2008
In a previous post, I promised that I'd attempt to explain that elusive characteristic of writing known as voice. Dictionary.com lists a plethora of definitions. Here are the ones that I found relevant with minor changes to fit the context. A range of such sounds distinctive to one person. The...
brian-mckee's picture
Jun.09.2008
I have this idea that if a writer is asked, "What can I do to become a good writer?" His answer will change throughout his career,. So assuming I have a writing career or perhaps will have one day, I want to start a series of blog posts that answer that question. I'll try to do it every...
joseph-john's picture
Jun.09.2008
When you're browsing through Barnes & Noble, what makes you buy a book written by an unknown author, outside of a fancy display stand or a place on the bestseller list? Something has to catch your eye first, something about the cover and the title. You pick it up and read the blurb on the...
thaisa-frank's picture
Apr.03.2008
Writing Programs and Group Minds     Group minds--collections of people who think about various things in the same way--are everywhere. And the fact that they exist in art, which is supposed to be original, is a paradox that all writers face.  There are many facets to this paradox. They concern...