READ TO WRITE STORIES, April 2, 2015
When working on plot, we tend to think in terms of major scenes: singular moments of tension and drama when significant character traits are revealed. That’s the idea, anyway. When we actually write these moments, we often discover that we’re burdening them with too much expectation. A scene can only do so much work, and that’s why it’s often a good idea to write a scene into your story twice. It gives you twice as much dramatic space to work within and, thus, the potential to reveal a lot more about a character...
LARGEHEARTED BOY, March 24, 2015
A Speed Dreaming playlist on Largehearted Boy's Book Notes.
"Buffalo Ballet" by John Cale
Like many writers, I have a complicated relationship with writing. As in, I kind of hate it. Trying to start a new story fills me with anxiety every time—what if I never have another good idea? What if I've written everything I'm ever going to write? Once I start revising, I can relax, occasionally even enjoy myself, but until I get there, I listen to songs like "Buffalo Ballet." Atmospheric, sad, lyrical and—most importantly—repetitive, "Buffalo Ballet" kept me calm as I faced down the many blank pages that came before Speed Dreaming filled them...read the rest.
WRITING LIKE AN ASIAN, November 2015
BOOK Q&A WITH DEBORAH KALB, June 2015