Tag Archives: craft

Questions 334: Telling Multi-POV Stories

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Scott says: “I’ve seen authors tell complicated stories with alternating points of view. How do you make the threads meet up in the end?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Once a Hero

Questions 326 Describing Character

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Roland asks: How do I describe characters of different ethnicities so it’s clear to the reader, but not jarring?

Resources Mentioned

Robert J. Sawyer blog post “Is it racist to mention skin color?”

Questions 309: Repetition, Rhetoric, and Information Flow

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Robert asks:
“How much repetition should we use to make sure the story is clear? Is it different for different for YA and adult fiction versus children’s fiction?”

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Resources Mentioned:

The Thousand Headed Man

Special Episode: David Gerrold on Storytelling

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Essay by David Gerrold, read by J. Daniel Sawyer, on storytelling.

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Resources Mentioned:
Madame Curie
The Trouble With Tribbles
The Godfather
Goldfinger
Wizard of Oz
Star Wars

Questions 297: Man vs. World

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B. asks:
“How do you maintain drama without an individual antagonist?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Candide by Voltaire
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1984 by George Orwell
Brazil, a film by Terry Gilliam
Franz Kafka
The Odyssey by Homer
War Games, the 1982 film
2001: A Space Odyssey

 

 

 

Questions 293: Mental Health in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“Does accurate portrayal of mental illness makes an interesting story?”

Resources:
The Life of David Gale
House, MD
Sherlock 

Stephen King’s Misery (the film)
Misery by Stephen King