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
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
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
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
Pacing is all about creating a rhythm for the reader to follow. It allows you, the writer, to invoke emotion in the reader wherever you wish. The most basic element in pacing is speed; how fast or how slow your reader reads what you've written can be determined by sentence structure. Fast Pacing There are… Continue reading Pace Yourself: Writing With Rhythm And Intent
Our environment is not always ideal for writing, plotting, or revision. I have a noisy cat, televisions blaring all over, and a rabble of neighbors who have seemingly coordinated their lawn mowing in subsequent shifts--they're secretly plotting to annoy me, I think. Even with a number of household distractions, it's not too difficult to find… Continue reading The Premium Writing Space (Is the one you create)
Let me know what genres you love to write! If you aren't a fiction writer but enjoy writing in some other genre, add yours into the poll.