This post, at its heart, is an essay about developing ideas for writing projects. I’m no stranger to having ideas. Ideas are cheap. The implication that a good idea is all you need to write any work of fiction, from a short story to a multi-volumed series of books, is somewhat insulting. Especially to […]Read more "Idea Building (creative writing tips from Pencil Sketches, Modeling Clay and Fred Saberhagen)"
For me it’s all about character. Give me characters I love, loathe, or otherwise identify with and I’ll read about whatever they decide to do. Long after I’ve forgotten individual storylines, I’ll remember certain characters. If they’re memorable, that is. Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith. Bigwig and Fiver. Frodo and Sam. Richie and Fonzie. […]Read more "A Matter of Character (Fiction Writing Techniques)"
I have been suffering from writers’ block for a couple of years now. I know it may not seem like it. I’ve written a lot of posts on this site. More in the last year than in the year before. Most of that surge in creativity can be attributed to the fact that I’ve been […]Read more "When the Urge Strikes…"
“So, what do you want to talk about?” “I thought we’d talk about dialogue,” I said. “It’s probably the most important fiction technique a writer uses to put the reader immediately into the action.” “You think it’s more important than description?” “Maybe not ‘more important’ than,” I said, “but, it’s at least as important. If […]Read more "Talk to Me (a dialogue about dialogue)"
Some of you who believe you are not novelists have said something to this effect: “I would love to write a novel, but I can never find the time because of ______________ (fill in the blank).” The assumption that bugs me in this statement is that time is the only ingredient necessary to writing a novel. […]Read more "Time to Write"