I read something the other day that made me think (unaccustomed exercise: new pathways created, and all that). It was actually in an intriguing book about how useful the novel (excuse that Freudian slip) approach of ‘writing a book from the middle’ is, in giving a clear, effortless structure. This is, in fact, a book … Continue reading Structure in Novel Writing, James Scott Bell’s ‘Write Your Novel From the Middle’ and a Certain Way to a Unique Writing Voice – Joy In Writing.
I hope all my readers have a good Halloween. I also hope that readers have got themselves into the right mood for general spookiness and ghostly terrors by some suitable reading.In previous years, I have cursed myself (very appropriate) for not having a short story ready for Halloween myself…It’s…And this year I have one … Continue reading ‘A Vampire in Time’ Out and Wishing All My Readers a Spine Chilling Halloween
At last, 'Where Worlds Meet' is out on Amazon.com here And on Amazon.co.uk on here the prequel, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ is here free on Amazon and on Smashwords here You can also get ‘Ravensdale’, which also belongs to the same series, free on Smashwords here and if you care to point out to Amazon that … Continue reading Where Worlds Meet Out on Amazon
'That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ is a Winner of the B.R.A.G Medallion for Outstanding Fiction. Winning this award really made my day. I had entered my first book, the paranormal –historical- romance satire of Gothic, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ just hoping that I might be one of those whose books are considered to be of a … Continue reading That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ is a Winner of the B.R.A.G Medallion for Outstanding Fiction
When re-reading ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ I was struck by many things. I hope I don’t annoy the spirit of Anne Bronte by making a comparison with the structure of ‘Wuthering Heights’ as a beginning, though this is not the invidious comparison of the sort that were until recently usually made between her work … Continue reading ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Bronte; Structure and the Role of the Antagonist
Complicated characters , whether heroes or villains (I’m applying the terms to both sexes) or a bit of both, are always fascinating. As I see it, there’s only two problems with complex characters , good and bad: one is that they take so much work to envisage and the other is that, portaying them adequately … Continue reading Complex Villains and Samuel Richardson’s Robert Lovelace from ‘Clarrissa’