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05.07.2011 19:36    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing Craft  Writing Tips  Writing the Thriller Novel      Tags: crawford kilian  understanding genre  notes on the thriller  
“Genre” simply means a kind of literature (usually fiction) dealing with a particular topic, setting, or issue.
 
05.07.2011 19:33    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing Craft  Writing Tips  Writing Symbolism      Tags: crawford kilian  symbolism  
Maybe you never got anything out of your literature courses except a strong dislike for “analyzing a story to death.
 
05.07.2011 19:30    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Creative Writing  Fiction Writing  Writing Craft  Writing Narrative  Writing Tips      Tags: narrative voice  crawford kilian  
Someone in your story has to tell us that Jeff pulled out his gun, that Samantha smiled at the tall stranger, that daylight was breaking over the valley.
 
05.07.2011 19:25    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing Scenes  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: constructing a scene  writing scenem scenes  crawford kilian  
The basic unit of fiction is not the sentence or the paragraph, but the scene. Every scene in a story has both a verbal and a nonverbal content.
 
05.07.2011 19:20    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: crawford kilian  show and tell  
Novice writers (and some professionals) often fall into the trap of “expositing” information instead of presenting it dramatically.
 
05.07.2011 19:16    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: writing character  character  crawford kilian  
Plausible, complex characters are crucial to successful storytelling. You can develop them in several ways.
 
05.07.2011 19:10    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Dialogue  Writing Craft  Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing      Tags: writing dialogue  crawford kilian  
Dialogue has to sound like speech, but it can't be a mere transcript; most people don't speak precisely or concisely enough to serve the writer's needs. Good dialogue has several functions:
 
05.07.2011 19:04    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Query Letter      Tags: query letter  crawford kilian  
The query can be a quick way to tell whether your novel might be of interest to a particular publisher--without having to wait until some editor finds your manuscript deep within her slush pile.
 
05.07.2011 19:00    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Query Letter      Tags: query letter  crawford kilian  
Ideally, your query letter ought to run to a page or a little more, organized something like this:
 
05.07.2011 18:54    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Publishers  Writing Agents      Tags: researching  publishers  agents  crawford kilian  
That simply draws fire onto the agents, who now find that they too have huge slush piles.
 
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