What is a Scene?

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?

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Becoming a Storyteller: Building Initial Ideas, or, Get Thee to a Nunnery!

I'm one of Those people. Yep. I'm the guy that'll open a blast email from, say, Writer's Digest, and buy something they're advertising--thus ensuring another blast will clutter any number of inboxes. The item in question this time is a writing book (yes, another writing book) entitled: The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates. This book grabbed … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Building Initial Ideas, or, Get Thee to a Nunnery!

Becoming a Storyteller: Plotter vs Pantser, or, Did Stephen King really just call me a Dullard?

Stephen King, in his seminal work On Writing, says the following about Plotting: "Plot is, I think, the good writer's last resort, and the dullard's first choice." Wait, what? I'm a Plotter! Or, at least, I was until five seconds after I read that line recently. See, these days I've been stuck in neutral, my tires spinning … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Plotter vs Pantser, or, Did Stephen King really just call me a Dullard?