Category: Style

Characters.

Simple Ways to Write Decent1 Characters   Sometimes, characters do stupid things. Sometimes, they do frustrating things. Sometimes, they do things that disgust us. All range of human emotion and action are available to us to explore, but some characters take actions that make no sense. No sense, in this case, is a precarious balance…



How to grab the reader

You’ve got an ending that everyone from Hemingway to Faulkner would enjoy. Maybe the tale on the whole is a winding, riveting, poignant, ride that tells more about the human condition than any work before it. That’s all well and good. But it isn’t going to get anyone to read past page one. Here are…



Thoughts on dialogue formatting

“Think he’ll do a list again?” “No. No way is that bastard gonna do another list. He don’t have the balls.” “I swear, if this lowbrow thinks he can just get away with list upon list upon list, then he’s got another thing coming. No one will read his blather.” “I still don’t think he…



Things to avoid. (As far as openings go.)

There are a lot of ways to open a story properly. On the other hand, there are even more ways to do so poorly. With this in mind, here is a short list. Maybe in a later post, I’ll leave list form. It’s just so effective. I don’t know why anyone uses anything but lists….