Writers who are not white sometimes struggle with this particular issue. How much consideration should we give to the audience? How much of the culture we are writing about should we translate for the reader? Can we assume the reader knows the definition of a salwar kameez? Must I explain that ammachi means maternal grandmother? That cousin brother is a male cousin and not in any way incestuous?
Authors, take heart. There’s a simple solution to all of this. Read More
If the story is written from the perspective of a character called John. And if John is having toast for breakfast, would you italicize toast? Read More
Recently, I was having trouble writing a scene. In this scene a man and a woman are having an argument. The scene is third person, past tense, from the woman’s point of view. So I knew more or less what she was going to say, her motivations, her fears, her desires, but I had no clue how the man would respond. Or, more specifically, I knew how he would respond but his exact dialogue and body language, all of that was a question mark. Read More
Last fall, during a particularly stressful and busy stretch, I drew a decision tree. Right, I thought. Now it’s too late for 2018 but in 2019, this is how I will manage my time and ensure there’s plenty for writing. This is how I’ll SAY NO.
I was really cocky about this plan. Read More
I’m on a DIY writing retreat this week, holed away in a cabin in Norris Point, Newfoundland which is a tiny community nestled in Gros Morne National Park. Read More