Joyce Carol Oates talks about characters in her books and the difficulty of writing realistic characters, including animal characters. She suggests sticking with writing dialogue between two people for two hours. She also talks about Rebecca from The Gravedigger’s Daughter and how Oates envisioned her as an early version of her own grandmother.
The words you use, and the order and way you use them, makes a huge difference when you are trying to improve pacing in writing. This applies to any type of fiction—when you write a book or short story, the details definitely matter! When your final product is in the hands of a reader, you … [Read more…]
Worldbuilding is a term generally applied to the fantasy and science fiction genres, but all great writers use worldbuilding in their craft. As the author of several historical fiction novels, I can attest to the fact that worldbuilding is an important writing strategy, one I use every time I write a book. The term applies … [Read more…]