Archive for May, 2009

Self-knowledge Helps an Author Create Characters

Do you put people you know in your books?  Most writers are asked that question. Robert McKee (author of Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting) talked about this question in his presentation at the Chicago RWA convention in 1999. I recently found a copy of the tape and listened to it again. ...

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What is All This About Jane Austen?

As Joseph Conrad wrote to H.G. Wells in 1901: “What is all this about Jane Austen? What is there in her? What is it all about?” I have to concur with Mr. Conrad. What is behind all the interest and excitement attached to Jane Austen especially in the past twenty years? What has led her...

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How I love me my Bones

Now after being gone the time that I have let me say that it is good to be back. Almost done with the thesis…can I get a what-what? lol. So in writing the thesis and getting back to writing (thank you big man in the sky for that chance) I’ve been watching Bones. Now to...

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Tell Me Your Fantasies

Fantasy, a mental image, wondrous fancies, an imagined or conjured up sequence fulfilling a psychological need; daydream.  This is what fantasy is according to Dictionary.com.  I have often been accused of living in a fantasy world—and I admit it, I do flit from one fantasy to the next.  It might be that I have a...

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Versatility

One thing I’ve learned is to be versatile. No matter if it is in my daily life or in my writing. Things come up in both you don’t expect and you have to know how to bend what you have planned to suit the unexpected things. For example the other day I had my dinner...

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