Monthly Archives: July 2014

Say What You Mean – Dialogue (Part 1)

Moving ever so slightly away from the topic of character building, I wanted to take some time this week to discuss the creation and successful deployment of dialogue. In writing circles, I have found my feelings and approaches to dialogue … Continue reading

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Turning Back the Clock: How Flashbacks Are Used in Literature (Part 2)

Tim O’Brien also uses time travel in his critically acclaimed novel, In the Lake of the Woods. What makes these journeys to the past so much easier to identify and pay attention to in O’Brien’s novel versus Miller’s play? The … Continue reading

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The First Day

Today was the first day of the rest of his life. He knew it was a clichéd thought, a hackneyed, awful, and empty thought, but he could do nothing to cease its progress across his mind if only because, for … Continue reading

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Building a Character – Word by Word

A continuation of last week’s post (found here), on building a character that will stand the test of time, this week I’d like to talk about how you actually sit down and build a character one word at a time. … Continue reading

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Turning Back the Clock: How Flashbacks Are Used in Literature (Part 1)

Time. Time is something that affects us all. We can feel it aging us, passing us by – we know we are living right in the midst of it. However, despite our intimate experience with it, the vast wealth of … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name

Alexander. The name stuck in his head like a sliver of popcorn in-between teeth. Caul paced the waiting room like a man possessed, grateful in a way that today he alone seemed to be facing this common ordeal. His panic … Continue reading

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Building a Character – They’re Not Characters, but People

In the interest of variety, I thought it might do us all some good to forgo the usual inspiration post this week and talk instead about the writing process. Now I don’t pretend to be any kind of expert on … Continue reading

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Wasted Time

Louisa toyed with the idea of popping out her right eye, reaching in, and massaging the part of her brain just behind her brow which was threatening to leak out her ear. It was the third day of her migraine … Continue reading

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Empty Spaces

Do black holes get lonely, I wonder, staring out into the distant abyss as my spacecraft drifts by, gliding towards our objective. There used to be others to distract me from such unsettling musings; Jonsey, the programmer, Alexandra, the mess … Continue reading

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