Today’s Review: The Art of Character, by David Corbett

Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In truth, more than several books – at last count the number was north of fifty. David Corbett’s recent book, The Art of Character, is hanging out, not on the shelves with the others, but on my desk,...

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #16

Mae West knew a thing or two about characters and characterization. She said, “It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.” I believe she was talking about attitude....

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #9

It’s Friday and the end of a snowy, cold week. It’s nippy out there. So my itty bitty is ittier and bittier than usual. Nipped in the bud. Frost-nipped. Wishing it had a nip… Stop me! Is this a symptom of brain freeze? To the business at hand: Yogi...

Today’s Review – Two Books on Revision Techniques for Fiction

My bookcase holds two books that deal with revising and editing fiction: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King; and Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon. Both are excellent resources that will help you revise your manuscript for structure and...

What’s the big deal about leading a writers’ workshop?

Well, I’ll tell you. It probably teaches you as much as it does the other participants. Perhaps more. I led a workshop Saturday for my Toastmasters group (Off the Page – a speaking club for writers and a writing club for speakers). We worked on characterization...