Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
I was just reviewing the books that I’ve read this year in preparation for a future post, and it occurred to me that there were a lot of great reads. Action, adventure, etc. The build to the climax was generally good in all the… Continue Reading “Ending at The End”
Tonight I had a conversation with my mother about westerns (movies specifically). Westerns are a very traditional structure, story-wise. Hero falls into great calamity, everything looks dark, then the cowboy gets up off his duff and does the hard work/killing/etc. Sometimes it’s a happy… Continue Reading “Cowboy Up”
Here’s something that’ll get to the friendly-neighborhood-demon (hey, she said it)… I finished reading the gigantic book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell these last couple days. First, let me say that I was very impressed by Clarke’s use of language. She captured the feel… Continue Reading “Strange and Norrell”
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Somewhere I read that the last 20% of a novel is the hardest part to write. I’m believing that I concur. Part of it is because you say goodbye to the freshness of your characters–after this it’s all editting and revising. Doesn’t seem like… Continue Reading “The Home Stretch”
I just handed of FJR to Shane so that he would be so sweet as to print out the copies I need for tomorrow. It occurred to me that I have been playing negative Nellie on myself. I’ve been so hard on myself for… Continue Reading “Looking at the Bright Side of Life”