Tag: Craft of Fiction

Getting Your Ideas

Getting Your Ideas

Ever wonder where writers get their ideas? Maybe you’ve watched Under the Dome and thought, how did Stephen King come up with this? There are several answers, and they vary from author to author, though there are several commonalities.

Thor, Iron Man, and Character Motivation

Thor, Iron Man, and Character Motivation

There’s a fanboy in me. Please hold your judgment until the end of the post. You see the Avengers? Of course, you and the rest of America? But have you seen it twice? Yes? You and the rest of the America. There’s a lot I 

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 

Unforgettable Image Part 4: Changing the Way We Think

Unforgettable Image Part 4: Changing the Way We Think

Here is the fourth installment of Lee Stoops’ “The Unforgettable Image.” If you didn’t get a chance to read my interview with him, you may want to do so. Some good stuff. * * * We need to make sense of our perceptions. Imagination is 

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 

The Redemptive Act

The Redemptive Act

Study writing long enough, and you’ll hear someone talk about complex characters and the importance of believable villains, the significance of sympathetic slime-balls. Anyone can craft a one-dimensional bad-guy bent on world domination, but it takes a certain sense of subtlety to create a character 

The Whole Story

The Whole Story

I’m at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference today, and having a blast. I was talking with a friend of mine about her book. I noticed a few moments of melodrama—something I’ve done before myself. For me, and for many other writers, melodrama, especially in 

The Shapes of Fiction—Juggling

The Shapes of Fiction—Juggling

As a writer, I try to read books on the craft of fiction as often as I can. While most cover the same basic material, the same basic “rules,” each writer’s perspective varies. I like to mine the depths of knowledge and wisdom each writer