TGIFA varied bunch of links this week.On Writing7 Ways to Improve Your Writing ToneSacrificing Plot and Character Motivation for FunHistory/ Downton Abbey-related LinksDoes Historical Accuracy Spoil a … Continue reading Friday Links:9/30/11
Once upon a time, when I was a snarky high school student--long before I became a snarky adult--I used to think that what my English teachers told me was pure myth. They used to say that all that symbolism, the rich metaphors, the characterization in the works they fed to us was written like that … Continue reading "That’s what happens when an English teacher has you reading Hamlet for four months. I kid you not. Four months."
When my friends settled with some popcorn and Downton Abbey a few weeks ago, it was the first time one of them had seen it and I could tell that while she wanted to see it, she wasn't wildly enthusiastic about it. But as my friend got into the plot and characters, she asked that … Continue reading "What exactly does he do?"
I've coming off of approximately a week, maybe more, where I just couldn't put a word down. It's been a long time since I've had any kind of writer's block problem. I would sit and type a line here, delete a line I hated there, but couldn't get into the story or the characters and … Continue reading Coming Off a Mini-Block
I wasn't going to write anything about September 11, 2001 on this blog. But it being the tenth anniversary and being a New Yorker, it's not a date that is easily ignored. It's a watershed date for my childhood, one of those dates where there was a clear difference between the before and the after. … Continue reading On the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01