Category: Writing Craft

Short Story Craft

Like Escher's Drawing Hands, I'm reading to understand writing craft for future stories.

Writing craft elements that I learned through practicing these last 10 years. Wanting to arrange in my mind, that means writing them.

Wordsmithing and Perspective

Pietro Aretino, the patron saint (or devil) of wordsmithing. He excoriated his patron's rivals.

Hearing a single wordsmith perspective again and again … the person may stop noting the image of a backwoodman, only see an antisocial vagrant.

Short Stories Surprise

Descent into the Maelstrom

Short stories can illuminate psychological truths without the effort to the writer or the reader of a full-length novel.

Zen in the Art of Writing

Ray Bradbury. 1975

Following Bradbury’s advice, I do a thousand words on stories, fleshing them out. Those that retain gusto, I go with and try to improve.

Speed of a Novel. Middlemarch

More action with shorter sequels is the rule in commercial fiction these days, but I mustn’t forget that the sequels must be full enough to make the skein of actions sensibly linked.