A Day in the Life of a Writer, the craft of writing, Writing

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Wisdom from McKee

I’m reading McKee’s Story along with one of my writing partners, and we’re both finding gems. Sure, screenwriters are the intended audience, but story structure is story structure. My favorite lines so far: “But fact, no matter how minutely observed, is truth with a small “t.” Big “T” Truth is located behind, beyond, inside, below… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Wisdom from McKee

the craft of writing, Writing

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Back to GMC

I’ll be writing about how I’m using GMC, which I got from GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon  (Clean link) I’ve begun working on my novel again, and recently had a breakthrough because of an app I found online that utilizes Dixon’s GMC. I dumped what I… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Back to GMC

Authors, book reviews, fiction

A Gracious Plenty, by Sheri Reynolds –book review

Finch Nobles, who as a child was badly burned in a kitchen accident–“widowed by her own skin” (13)–has elected a living death rather than face the rejection of others. She has lived with death all her life, after all–her father was caretaker for the town cemetery–and when he died, she took over.  She lives alone… Read More A Gracious Plenty, by Sheri Reynolds –book review

books, Musings

A Talent for Insatiability

I’m re-reading Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, this time with a close eye on her use of language. Today I’m obsessing over this: “We yearned for the future. How did we learn it, that talent for insatiability?” (3-4) I get the insatiability. In fact, the statement reminds me of John Twelve Hawks’ The Traveler, in which… Read More A Talent for Insatiability

Contests, Writing

Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest (open Feb 1st-28th)

FROM THE KENYON REVIEW website: Submit Your Entry Now General Guidelines Submissions must be 1200 words or less. There is no entry fee. Ron Carlson, celebrated author of four novels and five short story collections, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2012 issue, and… Read More Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest (open Feb 1st-28th)

A Day in the Life of a Writer, the craft of writing, Writing

A day in the life of a writer: character development

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” — Martin Luther King Jr. (The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.) I’ve been struggling with my heroine’s over-arching goal. I keep tangling external goals with internal ones. My critique partner pointed out that the one I had was too “do-able,” adding, “I… Read More A day in the life of a writer: character development

book reviews, fiction

Review-The Gathering, by Anne Enright

Veronica is on a quest for the truth of her past, for the truth, period, for, as she says, the dead require it. Her quest begins in a haze of denial, not just regarding the fact of Liam’s death, but regarding their shared past; it begins with feeding the grave and ends with cam reilige, a twist of the grave that unexpectedly and ironically offers hope.… Read More Review-The Gathering, by Anne Enright

A Day in the Life of a Writer, Writing

A day in the life of a writer: Charting GMC

I went to Debra Dixon‘s talk at the monthly meeting of San Diego’s chapter of RWA. My novel has been stuck in chapter one because I haven’t properly charted out the GMC of the characters. Today I’m charting three characters: hero: Mark heroine: Diana heroine’s mother: Betsy. GMC stands for Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. Dixon… Read More A day in the life of a writer: Charting GMC