How Detail and Context Work Together in Fiction Writing

How Detail and Context Work Together in Fiction Writing

We’re currently stuck in the rain on a broken boat in eastern France, so whiled away an afternoon in Strasbourg. In the cathedral we spotted this mason’s moment of madness, or sentimentality, or rebellion, or joie de vivre… This little dog is tucked...

It Ain’t What You Say…

…it’s the way that you say it, as the song says, and in this instance, the song is right.  To prove this to yourself, write a passage of dialogue between two people.  Keep the speech as neutral as you can and then inflect it with meaning by...

Six Characters in Search of a Different Reaction

Mostly I think of doors, or gates, or entrances in general (which by now you will know that I love), as enticing. A worn and flaking door is an invitation, freighted with possibilities, or even with secrets… But not this one. This is a kind of fortification,...