Articles

An index to Triple Crit’s articles written for an audience of authors. For more specific browsing, you may want to search.

Beginnings

In the Beginning (03/16/11)
They’ve started that way, again: the typical description of the protagonist’s appearance heads off a page-long summary of her life story. But what can you do to make a leaner, meaner opening? I work you through three questions to ask of your beginning: What should I include, How should I include it, and When? (Read More)

Book Reviews

A Review of Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson (05/25/11)
Anyone who’s tried Scrivener remembers opening it up for the first time and–at least for a moment–being utterly overwhelmed by all the options available. There’s a lot there, though not all of it is useful for novelists. Anyone who wants to jump-start their Scrivener skills to get past the software and start writing their novel–utilizing the program to its full potential to plan, write, revise, and even publish–should consider getting this book. 3/3 Crits (Read More)

Character Development

A Contest-Worthy Character? (05/29/11)
I was puzzling over who I wanted to submit to DriveThruRPG’s Tell Us About Your Character Contest. None of my creations immediately leapt out at me, and the more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. Why was I looking at other people games at all when I had a novel of my own to plumb?

But that says something about my characters, doesn’t it? That’s there’s something not quite right about them. They’re not fully-fledged yet. Not distinctive enough yet. Or lovable. Yet. It got me to thinking about what kind of character would win that contest, and I wonder if I couldn’t use those traits to try and develop them more completely, if not in time to try and win a tablet, at least for the novel I have half-way outlined. (Read More)

Revision

Critique & Grace (03/23/11)
The “Golden Rule” of writing workshops says that the author cannot talk during a critique so that they might be less inclined to defend their work and blame the reader for their own writing’s shortcomings. Because it doesn’t matter what your intentions were–the only thing readers have when they read your piece are the words, not your disclaimers and explanations. Instead, asking questions is perhaps the best way of ‘responding’ to the critique. ‘What could I have done differently?’ or ‘How do I need to fix the dialogue/plot/pacing/etc?’” is much more constructive than countering with, ‘Well, she was supposed to be xyz…'” (Read More)

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