writing craft

  1. Rich.

    How do you roof it without any scaffolding?

    You've heard that infernal (non-)debate, right? Are you a plotter or pantser? Are you someone who plans your story, or do you discover it as you write? I say it's a non-debate because I'd bet the farm that almost every writer employs both strategies, often simultaneously. Every artform has...
  2. Rich.

    Stories are theme machines. You reckon?

    Hmm, theme, there's nothing like it for getting writers all worked up, from the slavish adherents to the dismissive free spirits. One school of thought defines theme like this: It's dangerous for a fiction writer to say something is absolutely true. That's not what theme is at all. A...