I'll never forget the time a line of dialogue in a Nancy Drew book that ended ...Nancy pontificated. I laughed out loud. Everyone knows Nancy Drew has strong opinions. She's always … Continue reading >>
“Fiction is supposed to be, forgive me, less shitty than life. Better than life. It is supposed to make more sense than life. That’s one of the reasons we read, one of the reasons we write. We want … Continue reading >>
How much research does a writer need to do while they're actively writing? Won't it slow down the writing process?
Research while plotting
An interview in "The Big Thrill" with thriller author … Continue reading >>
Helen Peppe's memoir, Pigs Can't Swim, is a pinnacle of family dysfunction: funny, heart wrenching, stupefying and sometimes infuriating. Her parents' insistence on nonsensical rules, old wive's tales … Continue reading >>
My novel doesn't start at the beginning.
Is this an inside writing joke?
What I mean is the narrative in my story isn't ordered chronologically. It wasn't always that way, but when it … Continue reading >>
After reading “Outline your Novel in Thirty Minutes” by Alicia Rasley in the Article of the Month blog, I realized my current outline was basically useless. No wonder my writing had been stalled! … Continue reading >>