As I writer, I'm always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I've read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don't feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning … Continue reading The Secret Schedules of Great Authors
Love triangles are tremendously common, especially in YA fiction these days; one handsome guy is apparently not enough anymore. And I'm not against them on principle. There have been many great love triangles in literature over the centuries: Marianne, Willoughby, and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility; Romeo, Juliet, and Paris from Romeo and Juliet; even … Continue reading The Best and Worst in Love Triangles
In the format of a non-traditional critique, Writing That Scene examines the fundamentals of what it takes to make a scene powerful and memorable for readers. The opinion expressed is my own, and other readers’ opinions may differ. The goal is to provide an opportunity for authors to learn from each other and to see … Continue reading Writing That Scene: Can You Forgive Her?
Last year, I read a lot of older works of fiction, like Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope and Scaramouche by Raphael Sabbatini. I also read a few more modern works, like The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, and excerpts from “modern classics” in the writing books, Reading Like A Writer and Revision. And … Continue reading They Were Sexist But They Were Fun
One of the blogs I follow recently did a Bookshelf Tag (in her case, it was a Movie Shelf Tag), and it got me thinking about the power of stories and books, in particular. I discovered that the books that inspire me aren’t usually the ones that introduced me to a genre, while the ones … Continue reading Inspiration, Introduction, and Influence: The Power of Books
This review will contain a modicum of spoilers, so all who do not wish to know the contents of the book had better not read any further. I think the actual question in regards to this book, the first of Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels, is “Can you relate to her?” The “her,” in question, is … Continue reading Review of “Can You Forgive Her?”