Series

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog What is dialog? “Dialogue is not a break in the action. It’s an intensification of the action. Here’s something else dialogue is not: It’s not the way we speak. Dialogue must appear realistic without being […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, this week we discuss Voice. First, let’s define “Voice.” Voice is one of the trickiest aspects of writing fiction. One thing the best writers have […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict In Part 3 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to the element of conflict. First, let’s define “conflict.” Conflict arises from character–it is the thing that stands between your character and what […]

20 Rules for Writing a Novel Pt. 1

20 Rules for Writing a Novel Pt. 1

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From Carth via Firsts in Fiction page on Facebook: Hey, I’ve heard you guys say a couple of times not to “manipulate your reader”, and I’d like to hear about this, as […]

Unforgettable Image pt. 5: Identification of Meaning’s Roots, Planting Your Own

Unforgettable Image pt. 5: Identification of Meaning’s Roots, Planting Your Own

Today’s post marks the final installment of Lee Stoops series on the Unforgettable Image. He’s had some great things to say, and I hope you’ve found his insights helpful. Next week, I plan to weigh in a bit on what he’s said and how you […]

The Science of Memory and Imagination

The Science of Memory and Imagination

Lee Stoops is back again with the third installment of his look at the unforgettable image in fiction. Memory and imagination are interchangeable in a way because of the way they inform one another. This is especially true in storytelling. And it’s kind of like […]

Imagination and Memory—the Unforgettable Image pt. 2

Imagination and Memory—the Unforgettable Image pt. 2

Lee Stoops continues his series on the unforgettable image this week. Here, he explores the link between imagination and memory. * * * In our generation of images and scenes, we tend to recreate the things that have strongly affected us. I need to note […]

The Unforgettable Image pt. 1

The Unforgettable Image pt. 1

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a series of blogs by Lee Stoops, fellow fiction editor at The Citron Review. Lee and I have worked together for some time now, and he’s got a keen eye for fiction, and a clear way of […]