As you're preparing for your time at a writers' conference, take a moment to consider the 5 C's of your Novel Pitch!
Plot grows out of character, and Conflict is the fundamental element of fiction. When considering how our Plots will unfold, we need to remember that readers demand Unity in regards to Plot, a plausible cause-and-effect development. Here are 5 Steps for Plot Development loosely based on Lamott's ABDCE's of Plot.
Five insightful thoughts Ursula K. Le Guin shared on writing.
Archetypes are recurring patterns (plot structures, symbols, character types, themes) that occur in mythology, religion, and stories across cultures and time periods. They embody universal meanings and basic human experiences and can evoke unconscious responses in a reader. For writers, archetypes are tools to employ that can deepen a reader's understanding and emotional connection to a character … Continue reading 10 Hero-Character Archetypes
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
I've discussed rules for writing on this blog in the past--you can check out that post here--but in piecing together my last post, I came across my old creative writing notebook from my days at Florida International University. While most of my days at FIU were forgettable, many of the classes I took as part … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: The 15, er, 10 Commandments