We didn't host Thanksgiving this year. Instead, we went to our granddaughter's house because it's big enough to hold the most relatives and is centrally located. The reason I mention this is because what happened illustrates a fact of life in the north. Don't count on getting where you are going... or on returning... until your… Continue reading WINTER SURVIVAL
Earlier today a writer mentioned a problem coming up with good characters. His main concern was to not create characters that are stereotypes. I can understand his concern. As a writer, I've been warned over and over again of the terrible things that will befall my manuscript if I should breathe life into a character… Continue reading ARCHETYPE OR STEREOTYPE?
I read somewhere, can't remember where, that the way to tell a story is to hit the ground running and don't stop until you reach the end. That's a pretty good definition of thrust. Even though my stories aren't fast-paced thrill rides, I always try to do precisely that… hit the ground running and not… Continue reading THRUST
There's been a discussion lately among some writers I know about 'tone.' Specifically, the tone required by confession stories. The discussion didn't progress very far before I felt completely overwhelmed. Because when I write, I just write. I think about how to best tell the story and how best to convey that to the reader. … Continue reading TONE