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
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
For a fledgling author like myself, still learning to stretch my fictional wings and take published flight, the opportunity to listen and learn from a master, like a chick awaiting a morsel from a full-grown adult, was something I couldn’t pass up. Hundreds of fans flocked to Temple Judea in Coral Gables yesterday, as Mitchell … Continue reading Neil Gaiman and the Accidental Novel
Along my journey to become a storyteller, I've come across many different people, techniques and ideas that have helped me. One of the more recent encounters occurred when I visited the Sunshine Tour's author event at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The Sunshine Tour features more than 11 Young Adult authors for Q&As and … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: To YA or Not to YA, that might very well be the Question. Part 2.