Sep23rd

Using Second Person in Fiction

by  Charlotte Lenox

I Love You!

You’re almost certainly familiar with first person POV (“I”), and undoubtedly familiar with third person POV (“he/she”). What a silly-ass thing of me to say. Of course you are! But have you ever considered or attempted fiction in the second person POV (“you”)? If so, how’d that go? If you’re reading this post, then I’m willing to […]

 
 

Jun13th

100,000 Words

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by Angelo DeSantis on Flickr

That is the average length of the average accepted novel manuscript. In print, it looks like a large number. 100,000 words. Remember those 500-word essays you might have hated so much in school? Remember how you might have struggled with that 1000-word report? Neither of those have anything against that seemingly insurmountable 100,000. Putting that into context: […]

 
 

May28th

Learning Another Art

by  Charlotte Lenox

Mossy

Writers are creative people. And, quite often, creative people are good at more than one creative endeavor. Some of us are so focused on our area of specialty, however, that we forget to branch out every now and then and try other creative pursuits: artwork, photography, sewing, screenwriting, graphic design, music, woodworking, and more. Even those who […]

 
 

May8th

Know Your Backstory – Even if Readers Don’t

by  Charlotte Lenox

Lascaux Painting

The title pretty much sums it up, but this is a topic worth discussing in greater detail. Mainly because I have heard some writers worry about over-preparation for their novels-in-progress. Plus, I’ve wondered about it myself on numerous occasions, although perhaps for different reasons. The worry is over nothing–almost, anyways. You can’t over-prepare for a novel. Unless […]

 
 

Apr28th

Thinking in Terms of Scenes

by  Charlotte Lenox

Stones

It wasn’t obvious to me for many years, early in my “writing career,” to think of a story in terms of scenes, not chapters. Chapters, which can contain a number of scenes each, simply mark changes in point of view or significant events. Scenes, however, are the building blocks of the story, and are thus the most […]

 
 

Apr17th

Book Review: Tropic of Serpents

by  Charlotte Lenox

Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

I said I wouldn’t do many book reviews, at least not right now, but this one is another exception, as it is the sequel to A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. When I picked up the first book, I didn’t realize how quickly the second was already coming out. And I read Tropic of Serpents […]

 
 

Apr15th

Energy Deficits…

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by maarjaara on Flickr

Yes, it has been a while since the last post. Part of the issue is lack of topics recently, and part of the issue is my level of energy. The latter has gotten gradually worse over the past year or two, and anyone who suffers from a condition like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will understand that it doesn’t […]

 
 

Mar27th

Ode to the Shallow

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by Chris Gladis on Flickr

Actually, I’m not sure if what I want to talk about is predictability, generality, or merely shallowness. In the end, all of them are related to what I want to discuss, which is something that I have seen a number of recent fantasy novels fall into (and have feared seeing in my own writing). Have you ever […]

 
 

Mar5th

How to Begin a Novel

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by garysan97 on Flickr

I won’t lie. There are tons of articles out there about the best way to start a novel that grabs the attention of agent and reader alike. I’m not sure I’m adding anything of value to this overabundance, but I’ll do it anyways because anything in the universe is possible, right? Perhaps someone will someday find the […]

 
 

Feb18th

Book Review: A Natural History of Dragons

by  Charlotte Lenox

A Natural History of Dragons

I don’t want to make it a habit to do book reviews on this blog. After all, it’s a blog about writing, not so much about other people’s books (unless I have some reason to rant about or praise a book that illustrates the point I’m making in the post). This post, however, is an exception. Because, […]