Little Tidbits – Craft & Technique


I didn’t catch the Oscars last night. I had to work, so I won’t be talking about that today. 🙂

I mentioned some posts back that I’m in the process of getting rid of a lot of stuff in anticipation of my possibly moving this summer. I’m also getting rid of a lot of books. It’s been hard, but I just have too many books to keep lugging around everywhere I go. And, between my Kindle and the library, I really don’t need to keep lugging these books around either. So away they go!

I’m short for time, once again, as I’m working tonight, so I thought I’d share some tidbits from one of the books I’ve decided not to get rid of. It’s called the Writer’s Little Instruction Book – Craft & Technique by Paul Raymond Martin. It’ s a little book and since it is so little, I don’t think it will take too much space when I move.

I’ll just choose some tidbits at random to share.

The more opinionated the characters, the more potential for conflict. 

In real life, events of the day sometimes foreshadow future developments. In fiction, they always do.

Well-drawn characters carry emotional and psychological baggage.

Every memorable character has a wart, of sorts.

Readers insist that everything tie together in a novel precisely because things rarely do in real life. 

Good fiction begins in real life, but it doesn’t stay long.

In your everyday life, avoid trouble. In your writing life, revel in it.

Plots always answer the questions they pose.

If you cannot summarize your story in a sentence, you may be writing more than one story.

Develop your main character as someone with whom you would enjoy spending a great deal of time—-because you will.

How your characters choose to spend their time shows their true priorities. 


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