Those who read the last post related to my novel-in-progress may remember that I had a “nearly completed rewrite” as of last December. Some of you, possibly, are wondering what happened with that. Others, if I may be so fortunate, might be newcomers curious about when they can expect to see the published version of… Continue reading What’s Taking So Long? A Novel Update
One of the things that most impressed me on my reread of this book was the quality of the writing. More than the plot, the premise, the passages explaining how the dystopia came to be, it was the simple beauty and originality of the sentences that kept me reading on. I’m not usually one to… Continue reading The Writing of Fahrenheit 451
“It was a pleasure to burn. “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor… Continue reading Should You Read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?
Third person omniscient is a point of view that allows the author to provide a window into the thoughts and feelings of any character at any time, which can be an exceedingly powerful tool. Many writers, however, struggle to pull off these moves from one character’s head into another. In third person limited, every time… Continue reading Third Person Omniscient and Head Hopping
One of the most difficult things to grasp for writers used to writing in third person limited is how to make effective use of the narrator when writing in third person omniscient. This isn’t helped by the fact that many of the “rules” I’ve heard or have had repeated to me seem to have been… Continue reading “Show, Don’t Tell”… in Third Person Omniscient?
As 2022 comes to a close, I’m taking the opportunity to reflect. I’m on three different book-tracking sites, each with its own charts and graphs to offer insight, and I like to look at these from time to time to see where I’ve been on my reading journey and consider where I’m going next. Some… Continue reading Fun with Stats
As a writer, one thing that helps me improve my craft is reading books that use a technique I’m trying to master. Reading a how-to-write book teaches you the theory, but I find that delving into how the professionals have done it both solidifies the knowledge and details examples for handling specific cases the how-to… Continue reading 30 Books in Third Person Omniscient
Substack is an online platform for subscription-based newsletters. As a writer, I’ve been on forums where people hype it up as a great way to build and maintain a dedicated readership. As a person who does not wish to engage with most forms of social media, I’ve read articles about the recent Twitter fiasco that… Continue reading I Created an Account on Substack, Accidentally
The question in the title is one I have been asked countless times as an aspiring writer. It started out in junior high, when I was turning a former short story into my first ever novel. Of course I’d told my friends all about it with excitement, and of course I’d completely underestimated how much… Continue reading So… How’s that Novel Coming?
”His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before. That is, not in real life. He had seen it many times on the hyper-video, and occasionally in tremendous three-dimensional newscasts covering an Imperial Coronation or the opening of a Galactic Council. Even though he had lived… Continue reading Should you Read Foundation by Isaac Asimov?