A reflection on a love story

A reflection on a love story

I used to work as a Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh, and a fellow pizza maker (was his name Carl? I can never remember names of acquaintances from far ago) was head over heels over a girl. I thought that was great: ...

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Great sentences are not good enough

Great sentences are not good enough

I got suckered into reading a novel titled “All That Is” after I read a review once. In that review (which I can’t seem to find anymore) the reader mentioned that author James Salter is a master of sentence structure. ...

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Start in the middle

Start in the middle

Ever had a hard time starting a story? You see it in your mind. You see the conflict, the characters, the action unfolding. You just don’t know how to get there from here. You just don’t know where to start. ...

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How to make evil characters complex

How to make evil characters complex

Yesterday I warned against flattening your characters, especially the “enemy” ones you want your readers to hate. Today, I want to provide some tangible advice on how to accomplish this. Below are some simple suggestions to make your villains, antagonists, ...

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Don’t flatten your enemies

Don’t flatten your enemies

Remember how Jesus said, “Love your enemies?” The same has to be true for those characters you hate when you write a novel. I’ve been watching a lot of Lost on Netflix with my wife lately. We’re absolutely hooked on ...

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