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25 09, 2012

Don’t let minor characters usurp your MS

2019-09-30T18:19:52-05:00September 25, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At a recent Allied Authors of Wisconsin meeting, I was thrilled to receive unanimously positive feedback on a particular character in the chapter I read. The only problem is all that praise went to a pretty minor character who appears in just one scene in the entire novel and doesn’t even have a name.

10 04, 2012

Friends and family of writers, beware

2019-09-30T14:50:27-05:00April 10, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Joseph Epstein said, “Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies.” He was referring to minor counts of plagiarism—an apt description, a novel turn of phrase, a treatment of syntax that (with a minor tweak) we could pass off as our own brilliant invention. However, the thievery doesn’t end there.

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