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Why Characters Do What They Do Motivation, goals, and stakes drive fictional characters to act, take risks, and get into heaps of  trouble. And then more trouble.  These devices also reveal and distinguish characters, propel character growth, and create drama and conflict because opposition will interfere. Motivation stems from a potent brew of a character’s […]

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From an Editor’s Desk: Don’t Describe Nulls

Null as in useless, fluffy, redundant phrases and words. Clutter of the writing kind. They take up space but don’t add to meaning or resonance. Let me explain. I’ve been editing again and have been working on some exciting projects. The cannot-wait-to-see-in-print kind. I’ve also been writing a few articles on style and how to […]

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Always noticing

“I would tell aspiring writers to observe. They already know it’s vital to read and write whenever possible, but often people forget to watch what is going on every day in their surroundings. That is where your ideas come from. Keep one eye on your computer screen and your other eye on the world around […]

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March

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To Outline or Not to Outline that is the Question

Story offers enduring emotions and shared experiences. Storytelling in all its forms is a mysterious unfolding along with a whole bag of magician’s tricks used by the writer. But to perfect your story, be it a novel or screen play or memoir, you need to apply the logic that comes with plotting and planning. Now, […]

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The all-important sentence

Not all sentences end up in novels and stories. But novels and stories consist of nothing but. Sentences are the bricks as well as the mortar, the motor as well as the fuel. They are the cells, the individual stitches. Their nature is at once solitary and social. Sentences establish tone, and set the pace. […]

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R is for Resolute

It’s  the third week in February, the moon is pearly and full, spring is awakening, and days are stretching longer. Across the globe people are falling asleep, waking up, being born, dying, making love and plotting wars, cooking, dreaming and taking a wobbly first step. Writers are penning romances and thrillers and memoirs, poems and […]

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“The idea that you can’t explore contemporary themes in a historical setting is ridiculous. Do I want to write a novel set today? Only if I have the right story to tell. The times don’t matter at all–it’s always the story, the story, the story.” ~ John Boyne

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Reading as Remedy and Respite

According to The Guardian  sales of George Orwell’s 1984, published 67 years ago,  are now soaring. The novel warns about government propaganda, an authoritarian culture and historical revisionism, now jarringly resonant.   It’s where the term Orwellian comes from.But you probably already know that. The New York Times is also weighing in on this phenomena. The Atlantic is reporting that […]

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“Writing is…. being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words,  they will remain just […]

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