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A collection of essays on 19th century novelists, both famous ones and those largely forgotten now. Among the writers presented most wrote in English, but three foreign authors are also discussed. Phelps taught a course on novels at a university and he added to those biographical essays some of his ideas about the importance of novels in the process of teaching about literature. (Summary by Piotr Nater)
 
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Sarah asks: Any thoughts on the Divine Comedy and the modern fixation on Inferno?And is there any great recent literature created by someone of faith dealing with issues of faith? Resources Mentioned: The Divine Comedy Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Questions 896: Religion, Faith, and Authors Who Do appeared first on The Every Da…
 
Herbert asks: What are some “westerns” not set in the old west? How would you go about writing westerns, stories touching the themes and values of the genre, in a different setting? Resources Mentioned: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, by Robert E. Howard Firefly Star Wars: A New Hope Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unforgiven Pale Rider Sh…
 
Roland asks: How is some dialog ‘good’ and other dialog ‘bad’? Isn’t it just a matter of taste? Resources Mentioned Dr, Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Big Lebowski The Untouchables Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Question 892: Good vs. Bad Dialog appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Indiana Jim asks: In what ways can screenwriting best practices inform the writing of narrative prose fiction? What connections can be made between the two? The Complete Book of Scriptwriting by J. Micheal Straczynski Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman Glengarry, Glen Ross by David Mamet The Collected Plasy of Neil Simon The post Q89…
 
Robert asks: Writing small discrete sections feels easier than long chapters. Are there other story structures that could help a tired writer? I’m thinking short stories or novels told in epistolary format. Resources Mentioned 1632 by Eric Flint The Grantville Gazette ed. Eric Flint Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Question 890: Wr…
 
Robert asks: I’ve managed to write the first draft of a sequel to a novel, but I set up some plot elements I didn’t use, and I’m about 10k over my 60k word budget. Do you have any tips on cutting out aspects of a story that don’t lead anywhere? Sponsored by Archivos Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Question 887: Knowing What to Cut…
 
Robert asks: Have you ever tried gaming out multiple possible plot lines for a novel? Are there any advantages to offset the time spent? Are there any downsides? Resources Mentioned: Death by Cliche by Robert J. Defendi Sponsored by Archivos Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Questions 886: Gaming Out Your Plots appeared first on The…
 
Robert asks: What’s your feeling on self imposed deadlines? Are they useful? Are they useful if you don’t stick to them? Do you like the whooshing sound they make as they go by? Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Questions 883: Deadlines — What Are They Good For? appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Melisa asks: What are the pros & cons of using different pen names for fiction and non-fiction? Resources Mentioned: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Questions 882: Fiction and Non Fiction Pen Names appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Herbert asks: Does the advent of indie make some genres abandoned by trad publishing, such as the family saga, the western, certain types of detective, and so on, viable? How would you go about finding the unserved market around these genres? Sponsored by Archivos Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Questions 881: Fallow Genres appear…
 
JF asks: I envision “rewriting” as cleaning up this sentence, correcting that misspelling, polishing that paragraph, and adjusting the inconsistencies between these chapters. I sense that others see “rewriting” as starting again from scratch and writing a whole new 80,000 to 100,000 words, while keeping the original draft somewhere in the back of y…
 
Caine asks: I’m a huge fan of street level vigilante characters. How do I find other stories with a particular feel or theme, instead of a genre or a specific character? Related Resources: NightWing Omnibus Tales of the Red Panda: The Crime Cabal by Gregg Taylor Old Black Magic, Robert B. Parker Sunset Express by Robert Crais A Nightmare in Pink by…
 
Herbert Asks:What are your thoughts on writing with very text-centric tools such as vim or emacs? Have you written with emacs and used any special modes such as org-mode? Have you used a member of the Tex or roff families to layout print or electronic books? Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Questions 876: Alternative Writing Tools …
 
Today we have a dialog with author (and listener!) Tim Niederriter on dictation and it’s drawbacks. Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums Resources Mentioned Dragon Professional Dictation Software Digital Voice Recorder TASCAM DR-40 Portable Studio Recorder Shadow Prince by Tim Niederriter Michael Moorcock A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Mar…
 
Roland says: Any advise on keeping up with the long term arcs while making each short term arc satisfying and true to the characters? Sponsored by Archivos Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger Star Wars and the Rule of Cool Game of Thrones: The Cool is Not Enough Silmarillion (audiobook read by Martin Shaw…
 
Ian asks:Following up on question 868 and question 450 which I listened to again straight after, in question 450 which was about writing at pulp speed, you mentioned the concept of a creative glass box but didn’t go into it because you felt you might have mentioned it before. But I don’t remember that you did and it could be related to Charles’s qu…
 
In part 3 on our series on writing amazeballz dialog, we talk about using colorful metaphors to add authenticity to your characters. Resources Mentioned Star Trek Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Psycho Fight Club, book and film Down From Ten TNG Ep: Darmok untranslatable.co The post Upgrading Your Dialog ep 3 — Profanity, Slurs and Idiom appeared fir…
 
Part 2 on the series on writing sparkling dialog deals with voice. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett Django Unchained Hateful 8 Pulp Fiction Clerks Sponsored by Archivos Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Upgrading Your Dialog Episode 2: Voice appeared first on T…
 
Ed asks: I’m a writer that starts at “It was a dark and stormy night” and writes straight though to “…and they lived happily ever after” (well, maybe “and they all died”), so I’m curious about coordinating multiple POVs in that approach. Write each POV straight through? Or write the whole story, regardless of POV? The post Question 870: Writing Out…
 
Following up to Charles’s most recent question about performance pressure and fear, Dan talks about different kinds of pressure, and why some kinds of pressure may be good for a creative person. Suave Rob’s Amazing Ass-Saving Adventures Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Question 869: Mental Reset–The Right Kind of Pressure appeared …
 
Charles asks: “How do I rediscover that youthful naivety to be able to write without fear, and finish what I start?” Resources Mentioned: How to Lose at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams Sponsored by Archivos Join us at the Every Day Novelist Forums The post Question 868: Mental Reset–Fear, the Dark Side, and Finding New Magic appe…
 
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