Month: March 2011

Novelists in Novels

Stephen King does it often. Apparently, Wodehouse does it too: “He envied fellows like Gertrude’s cousin, Ambrose Tennyson. Ambrose was a novelist, and a letter like this would probably have been pie to him.” ~P.G.W. The Luck of the Bodkins Novelists as characters. I’ve never… Continue Reading “Novelists in Novels”

Attention Colorado Springs Writers!

My writers’ group has just put together a new website (still a tiny bit under construction) that you can visit here– The Under Ground Writing Project –and there’s a Community section that we’re looking to fill. So if you’re part of another writers’ group in the… Continue Reading “Attention Colorado Springs Writers!”

To Begin at the Beginning, Or Not to Begin at the Beginning? Question of the Day

“Left alone, Monty lost no time in spreading paper on the table, taking up the pen and dipping it in the ink. So far, so good. But now, as so often happened when he started to write to the girl he loved, there occurred… Continue Reading “To Begin at the Beginning, Or Not to Begin at the Beginning? Question of the Day”

Ode to the Bathroom Floor

Some of you may or may not know that Wodehouse also dabbled in poetry. In that enterprising spirit, I shall regale you with my own poetic presentation on what I’ve been doing this week. With photos! Ahem. O, carpeted bathroom destroyed by bad cat spray! (Who carpets… Continue Reading “Ode to the Bathroom Floor”

Curses! Foiled Again!: Another Note on Foils

Another thing to think about when developing good foils is creating a goal that is compatible for both parties. This is harder than it looks. How do you create two characters with different backgrounds who want the same thing, but don’t want to beat… Continue Reading “Curses! Foiled Again!: Another Note on Foils”

Foiled and Balanced

Jeeves and Wooster. Mike and Psmith. Wodehouse knew how to use foils in his work to get the maximum humorous results. On the surface it seems like it’s all about buffoonery placed against the wise-and-tolerant. After all, Wooster gets into one social scrape after… Continue Reading “Foiled and Balanced”

The Influence and How It, Well, Influences

My writers group, The Underground Writing Project, wrote what we call a ’round’ story. Basically, we each took turns writing a chapter and so on and so on until we reached the end. Lather, rinse, repeat. In a seemingly unrelated topic: literature classes bring up the question… Continue Reading “The Influence and How It, Well, Influences”

Taking the Trouble

“with each new book of mine I have, as I say, always that feeling that this time I have picked a lemon in the garden of literature. A good thing really, I suppose. Keeps one up on one’s toes and makes one write every… Continue Reading “Taking the Trouble”

Political Commentary Question in Literature

We talked about satire and politics last week, but Wodehouse also makes little comments in his works, like the following from Mike and Psmith: “‘I am with you, Comrade Jackson. You won’t mind my calling you Comrade will you? I’ve just become a socialist. It’s a… Continue Reading “Political Commentary Question in Literature”

And a Really Brief, Fantastic Example of Satire:

Charlie Sheen commentary via The Onion. Enjoy. =)

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