Story. Something so simple that a child could give a simple definition when asked. Andyet, as writers we grapple to pin it down. Literary novelists may argue story is character-driven. Genre novelists may argue that plot is story and story is plot. Period. And then there’s the importance of language and wordplay–prose that reads like … More What is the Nature of Story?
If you’re a writer, you should be familiar with Writer’s Digest. And if you’re a subscriber, you know the buzz that comes from pulling the latest issue out of your mailbox. Always a happy surprise. Not quite like finding a stack of letters from every single agent you’ve queried saying they’ll do anything to rep … More #booksforwriters CREATING CHARACTERS
What’s a story? Most people would say it is a series of events that happen. Plot. Conflict. Climax. You know, all that Freytag’s Triangle stuff from middle school language arts. But writers know a story is about the internal challenges of a protagonist and how that character develops and changes from page one to The … More #booksforwriters Creating Character Arcs
Forgive me for tying a book review to this day of National Remembrance, but 9/11 figures prominently in Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut literary New York Times Bestseller, THE NEST, released in paperback on April 4, 2017 (original hardback March, 2016.) After all, it isn’t every day that a found treasure of priceless art is located … More Foxy Bibliophile – On NYC, 9/11 & The Nest
This month’s choice for Books for Writers is focused on character development. The book title is linked to Amazon. The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Carol LaFever, and Sue Viders. Archetype Press, 2013. 214 pgs. This text is a re-release of the same title published in 2000 by Lone … More #booksforwriters September 2017