Plotting Difficult Topics: Wickedness, Guilt

This is part of a series of posts on Plotting Difficult Topics In Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories by Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis, the authors recognize that how you approach a difficult subject can make huge differences in voice, POV, plot and resolution. They suggest 32 different approaches and this series […]

Plotting Difficult Topics: Wickedness, denial

This is part of a series of posts on Plotting Difficult Topics. In Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories by Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis, the authors recognize that how you approach a difficult subject can make huge differences in voice, POV, plot and resolution. They suggest 32 different approaches and this series […]

Plotting Difficult Topics

You want to write a novel, but the topic that haunts you is a difficult one. You can’t figure out an approach to the story that will let you say what you want to say. You need to experiment with different approaches. Difficult Stories: Approaches In Inviting the Wolf In: Dealing with Difficult Stories, the […]

Zu Vincent: Class of 2k8

This is part of a year-long series about those intrepid newcomers, The Class of 2k8. To help marketing efforts for debut novelists, these 28 novelists have banded together to create a group marketing effort. Zu Vincent, The Lucky Place , Front Street Press “A quietly powerful and important story. Zu’s vignettes weave a novel that, […]

Nebraska Retreat

Life has been interesting this week! I was in Nebraska teaching a Novel Revision retreat when the tornadoes hit Little Rock last week. Fortunately, no one I knew had major housing problems. Just lots of trees down. And the switch near our office blew; which blew modems in nearly every computer; even today, four days […]