Monthly Archives: May 2011

Why You Must Give Your Protagonist a Time-Out (or How to Treat Your Characters Like Toddlers)

You’ve all heard writers go on about listening to your characters. Let them speak to you. Guide the story. The heck with that. I’m the writer of this darned tale, and I’ll decide where this story will go. That may … Continue reading

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Yes, You Need To Join A Writer’s Critique Group

What exactly is a writer’s critique group? A read and critique gathering is a group of writers who do similar types of writing, who read something they have written, and then the group members comment on it.  These comments can … Continue reading

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The Six Kinds of Writers

There are six kinds of writers. 1 The Wannabe Writer This one goes to the writer conferences, sits in on readings at book stores, maybe joins a writing group. This one loves to be around writers, loves to talk writing … Continue reading

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The Four Commandments of Literary Criticism

…And lo, he did come down from the mount of verbiage and in his hands he carried two great tablets and written on these tablets were the FOUR COMMANDMENTS OF LITERARY CRITICISM. He looked at the front runners, the published … Continue reading

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