Archive for December 2017

Front-load Characterization in Writing the Novel

Front-load Characterization in Writing the Novel Some writers of fiction front-load characterization in writing the novel as opposed to spreading characterization out through the novel. This is not to say that “front-loaders” don’t continually speckle in characterization throughout the novel but feel comfortable packing the beginning of the story, heavy in characterization and, sometimes, even…

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Inspired Reading Equals Inspired Writing

Inspired reading equals inspired writing, from reading about scene-setting to characterization. I’ve been reading some great authors lately. What I enjoy is how each time I learn something helpful for my own writing. One writer will have an interesting nuance about how she links characterization to scene, how she gets to the heart of sensuous…

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A New Story Tie-in for THE DEER EFFECT Available Now

That’s right! A new story tie-in for THE DEER EFFECT is available now. What’s a tie-in, you ask? A tie-in is basically a spin-off to a related, larger story. For instance, a short story that might have begun as a character analysis but which has spun off into a short story that relates to the…

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So, This Guy Named Vito Came by the House Today

So, this guy named Vito came by the house today. He wore pork chop sideburns, his dark eyes reflecting the hue of his hair, and his mood. When they brought me in to meet him, Vito stopped laughing and got real serious about the job. Vito’s what they call a “specialist.” And he came buy…

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