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Characters

Memoir vs. Novel: A Writer’s Perspective

Memoir vs. Novel: A Writer’s Perspective

A Session with Marcia Gloster My first book, 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction, is the story of a specific time and place in my life. As a memoir, its perspective is mine, encompassing my perceptions and emotions. It was both revelatory and cathartic, and in writing it I rediscovered myself. As Tobias Wolff wrote […]

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

A Session with Suzan Still When the soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.—Meister Eckhart All good literature has at least one thing in common: there is more to it than meets the eye. Coiling beneath the plot line, running like a subterranean river […]

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Your Book Is A Movie

Your Book Is A Movie

A Session with Molly D. Campbell I am a writer, but not one who learned anything from writing groups, conferences, or reading what the greats say about writing. I have actually read one book telling people how to write a novel, but it was so intimidating, I erased it from my Kindle after Chapter Two. […]

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Turn it Around

Turn it Around

A Session with Lynn Voedisch Writers often eagerly turn in their first draft manuscripts, or even just single chapters to test readers to find out if they are going in the right direction. Full of anxiety and a bit of hopeful expectation, new writers wait to hear if their characters and plot seem true to […]

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The Power & Precision of Writing Believable, Readable Dialogue

The Power & Precision of Writing Believable, Readable Dialogue

A Session with Laurel Dewey “What’s this?” you said, upon reading the title of this article. “I write dialogue just fine, thank you. I don’t need another writer telling me how to write conversation.” “What if I was able to help make your dialogue just a little bit more real?” I asked you. “Would that […]

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Creating Characters with Personality

Creating Characters with Personality

A Session with John L. Hart, Ph.D. A Visit to Sunny Meadows and Deep Shadows Magic Mental Health Center One of the true pleasures in literature is meeting great characters with remarkable personalities. There is enormous variability in these characters, be they heroes, villains, or somewhere in that nebulous gray ground in between. The architect […]

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Getting Inside Your Character’s Skin

Getting Inside Your Character’s Skin

A Session with Thérèse I write a lot about California. My love affair with the place began during a summer vacation as I walked along the coastline in Malibu. I had an overwhelming sense that this was where I belonged. I’m still not entirely sure how it happened, but within a few months I had […]

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Why Characters Matter

Why Characters Matter

A Session with Lou Aronica I have a thesis about fiction readers that drives all of my thinking about the book business: fiction readers take fiction very seriously. There might have been a time when people read novels casually as part of their entertainment mix, but I think that happens very rarely now. Yes, your […]

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Knowing Your Characters

Knowing Your Characters

A Session with Mary Marcus I don’t think you can know too much about any character you are going to put in a book or a short story. However, that doesn’t mean you have to put it all on the page. Sometimes what you don’t say is as telling as what you do say. For […]

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Why do you want to write?

Why do you want to write?

A Session with James LePore Why do you want to write?  To be a writer, you don’t have to be good. You don’t need to have any fancy tools. Whether you use a Macbook pro and markdown authoring tools, or a few pieces of paper and a decade old crayon, you are a writer. It’s […]

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