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Ah, Stephen Crane, we need you now...

A man said to the universe:    "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me "A sense of obligation."

Chill-Weather Reads

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                     This fall, my reading list is lush with worlds to which I can fly only via words and it feels so right to visit them while my cellular self snuggles by a cozy fire. Where will pages take you this season?

Small Towns in Fiction: Place as (Un)Motivator

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What is it about small towns and dark emotions? Having grown up quite happily in a small town, it never ceases to amaze me how places where there are more farm acres than cows accrue so many mythical attributes, particularly in fiction. Is it me, or are small towns a sort of shorthand for certain tropes, such as... social immobility financial struggle depositories of dark secrets hotbeds of gossip places with horrible high schools I suppose cities have their own stereotypes involving gangs, Wall Street and high-rise apartments. And, Blue Velvet plus The Stepford Wives has certainly totaled up some assumptions about suburbia. There's no denying that employing SETTING AS CHARACTER can be a powerful writing technique employed in books as diverse as  Wuthering Heights  and  The Hunger Games . Beyond literature, it is instructive to break down cinematic examples of this strategy, such as  Fargo, Breaking Bad , and  Lost in Translation . I recently read and enjoyed tw

FREE CLASS THIS SATURDAY AT KCLS WOODINVILLE: CHARACTER with Lish McBride

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SATURDAY, October 14, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library  17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville   Author ( Pyromantic; Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Firebug ) and bookseller LISH McBRIDE returns to the Second Saturdays program to help you dig deep into character. Give fully-developed motivations to your characters’ actions. Make your protagonist more complex and your villain more compelling. A combination of discussion and writing exercises will help you refine this all-important element of your manuscript. This workshop is free and registration is not required. For more details, click here .
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