With apologies to Dante Alighieri… We have all probably started ill-fated novels that, shall we say, did not go where we wanted them to go. For one reason or another, either our will or our preparation or the idea failed us, and sure enough, they ended up in novel hell. Based on the Nine Circles […]
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reading is, dare I say, important to being a writer. (Controversial statement, I know.) But if you had to choose one book that you think every writer should read, which one would it be? The perfect novel? A guide to writing? Strunk & White? I’m going with The Great Gatsby. It may not be my […]
Thanks again to everyone who entered the second Guest Blog Challenge! This was just as difficult to judge as the first contest, and there were many incredible entries. But there could be only five. They are: Monday: Carly WellsTuesday: Lauren Baratz-LogstedWednesday: Regina MiltonThursday: Peter CooperFriday: Rick Daley You will be in great hands next week. […]
Reader Neil Vogler passed along a recent Guardian post about the number of authors who are auctioning off the chance to name a character in one of their novels. This sparked Neil’s idea for today’s You Tell Me: if you could inhabit any book, which would you choose? I’d go with THE GREAT GATSBY. No! […]
By: Victoria Mixon PLOT Plots are myriad, but plot structure is simple: hook, development (with backstory interwoven), climax. Shakespeare’s five-act play, Syd Field’s three-act story, Freytag’s triangle (although Freytag called complications climax and climax resolution—causing untold confusion): like a holograph, hook-development-climax works on all levels, from the big picture down through chapters, sequences, scenes, to […]
It’s a simple question that I’m finding nearly impossible to answer: Who is your all-time favorite character in a novel? Sherlock Holmes? Quentin Compson? Jay Gatsby? Zaphod Beeblebrox? Willy Wonka? Leopold Bloom? Ahab? The whale?