"Be so good they can't ignore you." ~Steve Martin
Five insightful thoughts Ursula K. Le Guin shared on writing.
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.
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?
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”