So. I teach my students there are four primary elements of storytelling: Character, Conflict, Plot, and Point of View. And I argue that perhaps the single most important element of storytelling is Character, because each of the other elements emerges from what an author does with Character. Lajos Egri, a Hungarian playwright and creative writing … Continue reading Three-Dimensional Character Building
With #GoT on my mind, I wandered around online a bit to see if Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin had ever published anything specific about writing advice.
So. A few days ago my friend Mark (check out his blog: makinghismark) turned me on to a recent NPR interview with John Grisham. In my friend's words, "it's motivating." See, Mark and I are both aspiring fiction writers, so when he described the interview, I knew it was something I had to check out. … Continue reading Writing Advice from John Grisham
For me personally, I've pulled three specific elements from Coaching that can help me as a Writer: Preparation, Discipline, & Creativity.
Narrative is the telling of a story, the events and consequences for the characters. Scenes are those passages in a narrative when we, as writers and readers, slow down and focus on an important event in the story so that we are "in the moment" with the characters in action. Scene is Action No matter … Continue reading What is a Scene?
So I've been on something of a mystery kick these days. In preparation for reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, I came across a list written by a Catholic priest who happened to also be a writer of detective fiction. Ronald Knox, the priest, was a mystery writer in the early … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction
In the market for a new, great How-To book on writing? Well, look no further. I keep my eye out for these because they tend to be a wealth of knowledge and experience, packed with interesting ideas and exercises. And I've found one that I recommend highly. It's a quick, efficient read that'll definitely get … Continue reading My Review of Nancy J. Cohen’s “Writing the Cozy Mystery”