Author Archives: lopopolo
If you’re thinking of writing your novel in omniscient POV (point of view), forget it. Writers who use omniscient POV don’t challenge themselves to write in a more intimate style, which takes more work and thought. In first person or … Continue reading
Think of your novel as a gold mine, with a mother lode resting deep in the heart of a mountain. In order to get to that treasure, you have to build a sturdy framework as you dig into all that … Continue reading
“One book that I frequently recommend for writers is Orson Scott Card’s Character and Viewpoint. I do it for a number of reasons. First, Scott looks at such issues as whether to write a novel in first person, second, or … Continue reading
By Shelly Lowenkopf (1) Whose story is it? A dramatic work has only one central character. There may be secondary characters of equal importance to the overall narrative, but in the vast majority of literary accomplishments from Dracula to Candide, … Continue reading
Researchers created a computer program to study stylistic similarities between books, to see if stylistic similarities can be used as predictors of success. Read what David Farland said about their findings.
Time now for a public service announcement from first-person-singular-pronoun policeman Bill Flanagan of VH1: I know it sounds snobby to point this out, but in the last 10 or 15 years, millions of intelligent English-speaking people have become flummoxed by … Continue reading
Secrets and Contradictions By DAVID CORBETT on nytimes.com I know a compelling character when I encounter her on the page. Her simplicity betrays an enigmatic complexity, and her known qualities suggest unknown ones. She possesses the one thing I want … Continue reading