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For Writers: Writers Block and Rewriting

Argh!!! Rewriting. Yes, I know some people actually like it. Honestly, it is better than writing. At least you’ve got something to work with.

As you’ll see, I’m not a big fan of writers block. I call it laziness. However, this is something that can’t be taught: there is a point at which your subconscious begins to nag at you, then scream at you, that you’re screwing up. That I’ve learned to pay attention to. We only use a certain percentage of our brain’s power in our consciousness. My hope is the rest of my brain is working for me, not against me.

Most of the time that seems to be true.

By the way, I’ve got some free books if you’d like to download one or two. Green Berets: Eyes of the Hammer for those of you who like thrillers. Duty, Honor, Country: West Point to Mexico for those who enjoy historical fiction.


For Writers: Point of View

Point of view is perhaps the hardest thing to teach about writing fiction. Ultimately it’s your voice as an author.

I’ll be presenting this tomorrow night, 14 March, for the Chattanooga Writers Guild. If you’re nearby, stop by.

Many of us can’t even agree on the right terms to use.  In the following slides, I use first, third, and omniscient, but the lines are often blurry.

The analogy I’ve found useful, as you’ll see, is to think like a film director and where are you going to put the camera to record the scene? Who has it? When it there a “cut”?

p3110077-2_1024To the right is Cool Gus as a puppy on a rare sunny day in the Pacific Northwest with Hannah, our long-haired Germans Shepherd. Hannah raised Gus. Taught him everything he knows, except he seems to have forgotten a lot other than sleeping, eating, and chasing a ball until he collapses.

For Writers: Character.

Think of your favorite book. What comes to mind? Characters, correct?

People identify with people. That’s why character is dominant in story.

Here are some slides I use when discussing characters at Writers’ Conferences.

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Yes, they have two beds, but sometimes you just gotta share!

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