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In her book The Art of Characterization Fay Lamb proposes that writers “use the other elements of storytelling to cast your novel with unforgettable characters.” (page 5) She includes the following in her list of elements: deep point of view, actions, thoughts, experiences and dialogue. How can I …

April 21, 2018

It’s a rude awakening to discover your dream of becoming a writer has bloomed into a minefield of legal conundrums. In this valuable episode of Writers Chat, attorney Tamsen Horton shares must-know information every writer needs to know. This is one episode you’ll want to keep in your …

April 20, 2018

Yesterday I was pondering on the way to work – nothing specific, just talking to God and thinking. A very old song came to mind by Peter Scholtes, They’ll Know We Are Christians (listen here for a remake by Jars of Clay). It was written during the 1960’s Jesus …

April 19, 2018

You can learn a lot about a person by visiting their house or office. A writer can use that to her advantage. Let’s assume your POV character is visiting the office of Mr. Smith, who they are meeting for the first time. You could simply describe the office …

April 17, 2018

My critique group says my MG fiction is preachy. Now what? First let me say that I love my critique group. I’m not writing about y’all. We’re solid. Getting productive feedback on your work is a lifeline. It’s critical to have fresh eyes to review your words and …

April 15, 2018
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