Writing

The Craft of Writing: Brandilyn Collins

This week I thought I’d profile a craft book, so I pulled out one of my favorites, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins. Here, Collins draws on the teachings of Constantin Stanislavsky, the famous Russian actor and director best known for his attention to the techniques of
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The Passion of the Zealot (Part I)

We’ve all had the occasion to run across a zealot, work with one, or perhaps even had the misfortune of being one. Now that I think about it, in fact, I cringe when how downright obnoxious I was the first ten times I quit smoking. No passion compares to that of the recently converted, whether
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Part of the fun of writing fiction is being able to feature mystical, fantastic, or generally “unrealistic” characters, premises, or locations in your work. And this isn’t limited to genres like science fiction or fantasy. It also applies when your tale takes place in a setting that’s wholly unfamiliar to the reader, and it doesn’t
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