The Charms of Cross-Genre Writing

When I hear the word "cross-genre", I instinctively picture Gene Wilder's Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Peter Boyle's  Monster performing a tap dance to Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz". The visual says it all: easily identifiable figures of the horror genre set to musical stage for absurd effect. Comedy-horror, as it is best described, is just… Continue reading The Charms of Cross-Genre Writing

Discuss: Writing Process and Regiment

There's an idea floating around out there in the literary community that suggests a strict, x number of words milestone per day to qualify one as a real writer. I've talked before about my indifference to structure; if some preparation or plan works for you I figure there's no reason to call in the chaos. But… Continue reading Discuss: Writing Process and Regiment

Frame Narrative Fiction

As a lover of fantasy I'm often drawn to stories built on a foundation of lore, myth, and history. If a fantasy is good, I feel immersed and intrigued. The story should feel as though it operates within a functional, developed environment. To accomplish this, many authors write lore and legend to give their fantasy world… Continue reading Frame Narrative Fiction

Made for Television: Why Some Books Translate

George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is a powerhouse. Even stronger, and perhaps more popular, is the book series’ television counterpart. In light of the fourth season, which premieres tonight at 9 PM EST, I’m inclined to think about the characteristics of books that translate well on television and film. Three… Continue reading Made for Television: Why Some Books Translate

Sacrificing Audience For Description

While discussing "An Outpost of Progress" by Joseph Conrad with my students, I learned that a number of them disliked the story solely based on its length and "wordiness". The latter comment caught me off guard; I don't perceive Conrad as wordy at all. When I think about it, however, it seems that my students… Continue reading Sacrificing Audience For Description

Writing Tech Part 2: Scrivener

In my last post, I discussed Literature and Latte's quick note taking software for writers--Scapple. Now it's time for Scrivener. Scrivener is a nifty program that allows writers to organize, construct, and structure their novels, stories, research papers, and scripts. It's all about accessibility, much like Scapple, but on a larger scale. Imagine having your… Continue reading Writing Tech Part 2: Scrivener

Writing Tech Part 1: Scapple

If you've scoured the internet looking for any sign of software designed for serious writers then you've certainly come across a company called Literature & Latte. Scrivener is their more well known product, but today I'd like to talk about another: Scapple. Scapple "is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible… Continue reading Writing Tech Part 1: Scapple