Writing fiction

Did you ever have one of those days?

You know the kind.  When nothing seems to go right. You go away for the week-end with your girl friend and one thing leads to another and now she's dead.  You don't really think you killed her, but your memory is a little hazy in spots.  Whether or not you did, it's obvious that when someone finds… Continue reading Did you ever have one of those days?

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Film

When is it okay to boycott art?

Is it okay to boycott art because you find the artist's beliefs distasteful? I'm thinking out loud hear, so please bear with me.  I'm not sure where this is heading, but I'd like to hear your opinion.  I read an article in today's NY Times about a boycott of the new Harrison Ford movie, Ender's… Continue reading When is it okay to boycott art?

Writing fiction

A response to distractedbyzombies

The estimable distractedbyzombies in his post, Intellectual Property says "I'm not sure I believe in the concept of intellectual property."  Well, I'm pretty sure that I do, although not necessarily for the obvious reasons associated with "fame and fortune."  As the published author of three books, I have no particular aversion to fame or fortune.… Continue reading A response to distractedbyzombies

Writing fiction

A well-crafted book is like a teeter-totter

I've been thinking recently about motivation, about understanding each character's motivation in a story.  And then about how to write a scene that reveals that motivation to the reader. Once upon a time, I had a conversation with an up-and-coming film director about the difference between writing a book and writing a movie.  In a… Continue reading A well-crafted book is like a teeter-totter