Monthly Archives: December 2011

What Are We Talking About Here?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little frustrated by the number of books and courses that promise to teach me all about writing fiction – then only cover very basic, elementary stuff like “Where to find ideas”, “What is Point Of View?”, and “Rules of punctuation”. I’m interested in the techniques by which good writers create a relationship with the reader, and manipulate the reading experience. A good writer knows what she wants me, the reader, to think and feel, and she engineers her writing to have the intended impact. As an emerging writer, I want to learn to do that.

So, this blog is intended as a forum for readers and writers to share their insights into specific techniques of fiction-craft. I might be fumbling around, especially at first, but I’m going to try to identify particular techniques in works that I read, and share them here. I’ll also suggest writing exercises to hone those specific skills. Please feel free to do the same, using the Comments function. My vision is a kind of “writers’ gym” – a bunch of us flexing different muscles, lifting literary weights and swapping stories about what’s working for us. It could get a bit chaotic, but it should be fun – care to join in?

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