Three-Dimensional Character Building

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

Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction

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

My Review of Nancy J. Cohen’s “Writing the Cozy Mystery”

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”