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Gar Mallinson

  • Which Person?

    Which person, first or third, works best? I suppose it depends on the writer and what’s being written, but for mystery writers person poses a problem. Here’s where I run into just…

  • Narrative

    Narrative

    Narrative is simply the flow of time in a novel or short story. Sounds simple, but it’s not, really. Writers can shrink time, stretch it out, make it bigger (more significant), make…

  • Plot

    Plot

    I was listening to the radio a while ago and heard a writer talking about plotting a novel, a crime novel. He stressed the fact that he wrote out scene details on…

  • Literature and Identity

    Reading fiction provides a foundation that initiates in us greater awareness of ourselves and of our culture; that helps to liberate us from provincialism;  that provides the potential for personal growth that…

  • Metaphor

    Metaphor

    I’ve been thinking about metaphor. But to talk about it, I have to at least mention simile. As I understand it, a simile is simply a comparison: something is like something else.…

  • Imagery

    Imagery

    I’ve been thinking about the settings that novels use. In my own stuff, I see a basic dichotomy in imagery, a polarization between positive and negative settings whether it’s a city setting…

  • Write More of What (WHERE) You Know

    Write More of What (WHERE) You Know

    I’ve been thinking about this topic of visual experiences again. It’s not enough to take your visual experiences, deconstruct them and rebuild them into what you need for the setting of your…

  • Mood

    Mood

    Mood is just what it says; it evokes feelings in readers mostly through description. Mood is therefore buried in the setting; it’s part of the setting and setting surrounds readers with material…

  • Atmos

    Atmos

    What is atmosphere? Atmosphere for me is something that the writer creates through setting to make a reader feel a certain way in a particular scene. Mood, on the other hand, creates…

  • Simply Write a Story

    Simply Write a Story

    Fiction is fabricated and based on writers’ imaginations. Short stories, novels, myths, legends, and fairy tales are all considered fiction. Many writers use historical or current events as jumping off points since every…