More voices are joining counsel at William Morris with concerns about Google’s settlement with authors that would allow Google to profit from digital versions of millions of books it has scanned from libraries. The Justice Department is involved too. If you have questions or want to opt out, go here. Could you toss a 500 pageContinue reading “more on the Google settlement”
Have mentioned before how much I enjoyed Russo’s Straight Man. It’s one of the best comic novels I’ve read so far. He has a new one out and here he is in conversation with Sam Tanenhaus.
Laurie Hutzler breaks down characters according to 9 types. She has a free ebook and newsletter on her site. Her emphasis is on film and television, but characters are characters and this is one approach. Another piece of advice is in the current issue of Poets & Writers magazine. Benjamin Percy discusses the Geometry ofContinue reading “more on characters”
One of the things that bothers me in fiction is sloppy or non-existent research. The internet has made research easier, but you have to check sources carefully. We’re human and we’re going to make mistakes, but my advice is to learn to research in a library the old-fashioned way first so you at least haveContinue reading “research”
Had to rename one of my characters about 130 pages in and found it traumatic. I’d gotten used to thinking of him a certain way. I should backtrack and say that I take naming characters seriously. I look up names and their meaning, I look at family patterns in naming children, and so on. IContinue reading “renaming”
It’s been a week for strange stories. Robert McKee, screenwriting guru, said that people do bizarre or awful things more often and worse than you can imagine. They also have things happen to them that would challenge the most vivid imagination. Add in accidents, mistakes and catastrophes, and real life usually outdoes fiction. The crashContinue reading “strange stories”