I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old (maybe younger), but last night was the first time I’ve ever dreamt a solution to a piece I’m stuck on. It was so good I got up at 5 AM, fetched the laptop, and wrote it all out. I’ll share the dream, which was a telepathic, […]
Well, two chapters and some miscellaneous odds and ends. That’s all that stands between me and a completed first draft of the novel I’ve been writing for three years. Why does it feel so far way? This is one of those things non-writers often don’t understand. I finished “writing” the first draft months ago. Since […]
This is terrific. Author Chimamanda Adichie tells of her childhood in Nigeria, reading American and English books and then writing books with white characters playing in the snow, eating apples, and discussing “the weather,” then goes on to discuss the danger of knowing a people, place, or culture through only a “single story.” Well worth […]
Key to identifying the inciting incident, I think, is figuring out exactly whose story you’re telling. For a writer struggling with a plot structure, this can also help to determine what your central conflict is, and where the climax will fit. Conversely, deciding on whose story you’re telling might change your inciting incident.
A brief case study of the effect of point of view and how its effect on the reader’s sense of reliability can make or break a piece of writing.