My friend Shaun Haurin emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to go to Rosemont College on a Wednesday night to hear Elise Juska read from her forthcoming novel. This, it turned out, was a trick question, as my response (“yes,” in case you’re wondering) led not to the outing in…Read more A Meandering Prologue to a Book Review
Needless to say, the narrator doesn't have to say, "All of this happened five years ago." The point of telling is a lot more subtle than that.
Maybe the universe was trying to tell me something. Maybe what my novel needed was a real live superhero.
By allowing something that’s lurking to creep out into the open, you give your work the opportunity to do something unexpected.
Stick with a project because you love the project.
If handled correctly, a lapse in judgment can lend depth to a character.
One thing that the writer of fiction needs to be able to do on occasion is move forward through time in a fairly quick manner.