Writing life as a story is akin to a sculpting a statue from a block of stone.You need some way to filter the events of your life so you know what to include and what to leave out. So ask yourself, what is my motivation for telling this story? What do I want to say? […]
Character motivation drives a short-term and a long-term goal. The short term goal is the plot goal which drives the book. What does your character want? What gets in the way (conflict)? The long-term goal can be said to fulfill the question: What does your character need? Whether your character changes or not, if you […]
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov “Literature offers feelings for which we do not have to pay.” Janet Burroway Vivid writing makes use of imagery, description and sense feelings to show, not tell. When the writer immerses into the scene in a deep […]
I’m writing a multiple viewpoint thriller. One of the braids of narrative takes place in The Light, that place where Angels go when they’re not hanging around us humans, battling the dark and meddling in our world. One of the tools I often use whether I’m writing an otherworldly novel or a literary short story […]
Join us for a discussion about suspense in Dan Wells’ The Hollow City. March 21, 2013 at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 pm. We’ll talk about the unreliable narrator and how his delusions have just enough reality to pull you through the book.
Can characters can make or break a story? One of the things readers remember most about a story is the characters. Great characters make a great story. Developing great characters can make your novel more enjoyable to read and leave readers wanting more. Join us on February 21st 2013 at 7PM at the Highlands Ranch […]