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Naming Characters: Three Tips

Naming Characters: Three Tips

December 21, 2015 5:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Don’t give characters names that begin with the same initial If you have two characters Richard and Robert, it’s going to be difficult for your readers to tell them apart when reading at normal speed. It will not help to change their names to, say, Rick and Roberto. You need... read more

Story Ideas: How to Come Up With Them

Story Ideas: How to Come Up With Them

November 9, 2015 9:00 am Published by 3 Comments

An upfront refinement: the challenge isn’t coming up with story ideas. The challenge is coming up with your interpretation of the plot you have chosen from the finite pool of story ideas that have existed for all time. So a surefire way to come up with story ideas is to... read more

Linguistic Odyssey: The Hero's Journey

Linguistic Odyssey: The Hero’s Journey

November 5, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My Linguistic Odyssey begins with understanding The Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey: A 12-Step Program American mythologist Joseph Campbell established the hero’s journey in his book Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949). He took inspiration from Austrian psychologist Otto Rank’s The Myth of the Birth of the Hero (1909). Campbell... read more

Authorial Distance and Margaret Atwood

Authorial Distance and Margaret Atwood

February 13, 2015 4:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Christmas Day 2014 I listened to an interview Diane Rehm had with Margaret Atwood about her new story collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. The interview made me aware of the differences in authorial distance. Note: The original NPR airdate was November 10, 2014. During the interview Atwood read the... read more