Monthly Archives: February 2012

There’s A Lot Of Scenery But

Setting: Location, surroundings, scenery, situation, background, set, locale, site, venue, backdrop. (These are the synonyms listed in the thesaurus.) Setting is where your story takes place, its locale. But as Sinclair Lewis said: “When I want to learn about the … Continue reading

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Another Human Being On The Page

“The novelist’s job is to see and say clearly what people are.” John Masters Do you ever get stuck while creating your characters? Some seem to be dull, others cliché and you spend endless hours thinking how to make them … Continue reading

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There Are No Rules

Nina Bawden once said: “You know people better in a novel than in real life because you know what people think – not just what they say they think.” During a Writers News correspondence course on novel writing, after I … Continue reading

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A Far-Seeing Place

“My name is Stephen King. I’m writing the first draft of this part at my desk. There are things on my mind. Some are worries, some are good things, but right now all that stuff is up top. I’m in … Continue reading

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That One Great Novel

John Grisham, the internationally bestselling author whose books have been translated to forty languages, said once in an interview that he still wants to write that one great novel. Most authors when interviewed would voice with John Grisham. That’s because … Continue reading

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Are You A Bleeder?

I don’t remember when or why I started writing. I remember being in elementary school, in grade four or five, sitting at my desk and writing stories during class. And I also remember the time when I had to undergo … Continue reading

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Superstitious?

Are you as a writer superstitious? Do you believe in lucky charms that will help you write? Do you have a ring, or bracelet or a scarf, or hat, or a dress that you think if you wear you would … Continue reading

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Have I Missed Something?

Once in a while I get this feeling that I have missed something and that I have chosen a wrong career. How I wish sometimes that I had studied English Literature in university instead. My love of books and writing … Continue reading

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What The Heck!

Is waiting for an email from an agent or publisher more preferable than a letter delivered by a postman? James Herriot writes: “They kept coming back with regular monotony and it’s a terrible thing when you hear the postman pushing … Continue reading

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The Whole Thing Is Hocus-Pocus

Arthur Hailey wrote: “There are people whom you meet in life who have a tremendous influence on you, and my agent was one.” Almost everyone who teaches writing or is connected to the publishing world will agree that the best … Continue reading

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