Real Characters

I don’t know where characters come from.  It should be obvious. I make them up, right? But it’s not that simple. If I make them up, why do they spring to life fully formed? Why do I so often feel their actions are out of my control? And why do they seem so dang alive? It’s […]

Killing Scenes

It’s far too easy for writers to fall in love with their own words. You can become so besotted with a scene that youre determined to wedge it into the story somewhere. But some scenes deserve to die. Some scenes do nothing but provide a forum for a bit of humor or a telling detail that […]