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Marginal Notes

Topical Index

Story


Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Literal and Narrative truth

Twisting the Inveitable

Story and Message

Non-linear Chronologies

Everything I Need to Know about Story, I Learned from Buffy

Concealing the Bones of your Plot

Pacing your Plot Reveals

A Look at how John leCarre Reveals the Truth to his Readers

Internal and External Plots

Bach and Creating Suspense

Stephen King and Suspending Disbelief

Effective Endings

Beyond your Hook


Character


What Were They Thinking?

Who ya Gonna Trust?

Killing your Main Character

Being Willing to Hurt your Characters

Everything I Need to Know about Character, I Learned from Buffy

Building a Character through Other Character's Reactions

Creating Smart Characters

Creating Realistic Minor Characters

Getting into Other People's Heads

Taking Social Class into Account

Creating Sympathetic Characters in an Unsympathetic Culture

Jaime Lannister and Sympathetic Monsters

Giving your Characters Roots

Techniques for Meeting your Characters


Style


English as a Second Language

Bafflegab

Thoughts on Creating Humorous Worlds

Forthwringing Tonguishness

Aaron Sorkin on Dialogue

The Joy of Words


Writing Life


Creating a Masterpiece

Product and Process

Rules and Tools

Recycling Your Ideas

A Look at Jennifer Weiner's "Swim"

Building Your Readership

Understanding Rejections

In Praise of Paper Books

Writing is Hard.

Choosing a Title.

Dealing with Writing Fads

Why Write?

Getting Through Your First Draft

Learning from Writer's Block

The Perils of Self-Publishing

Editing's Eternal Verities