Dana King's Blog – May 2009 Archive (6)

Indulge the Impulse

(Also posted at One Bite at a Time.)

No one has control over their impulses; we can only manage our responses. The brave man is not the one with no fear. It’s the one who faces that fear and does what scares him, anyway. Our responses to base impulses define our character.

Writers get to have it both ways. How many of us have been less than pleased with how we handled a situation in our lives, then wrote a scene where a… Continue

Added by Dana King on May 30, 2009 at 4:58am — 4 Comments

Wrestling the Sloth

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)

Tomorrow is one month since I temporarily set aside the work in progress to re-evaluate the plot. Since then, I solved the problems that held me up (more remain, but they’ll be surmountable in context), gained a firmer grasp of my characters (thanks to some excellent advice on Robert Gregory Browne’s writing blog, specifically… Continue

Added by Dana King on May 29, 2009 at 5:45am — 4 Comments

Jacking the Beanstalk

Several years ago I wrote several short stories as a writing exercise: What would fairy tales be like if famous authors had written them? The exercise was a lot of fun, and help me to learn to read as a writer, looking for techniques, and listening for voice. Not all of the stories are crime related, but this one is.

Added by Dana King on May 23, 2009 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

Missed Connections

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)

Everyone has favorite writers. There’s something about each of them that resonates in you, even if the writer isn’t particularly popular. It may be because you’re ahead of the curve, or possibly his plots or sense of humor appeal to you more than others. Whatever the reason, we all have authors we like more than others, quality of writing aside.

The flip side of this are the authors we just… Continue

Added by Dana King on May 16, 2009 at 12:24am — 8 Comments

Recommended Reads

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)

I had been posting recommendations of good reads once a month until I got sick over the holidays and let it lapse. I let it alone because no discussions had been generated, and I didn’t see much point to adding to the multitude of unsolicited reading lists. A discussion in Crimespace a few weeks ago led me to reconsider.

Is it ever a bad idea to promote a book you enjoy? The publishers do damn… Continue

Added by Dana King on May 15, 2009 at 11:29pm — 4 Comments

Persistent? Or Stubborn?

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)

Murderati’s two most recent posts (by Tess Gerritsen and Rob Gregory Browne) have dealt with the fine line between persistence and stubbornness. Each is worth a read. Both are timely for me.

The detective in my PI series was intended to… Continue

Added by Dana King on May 7, 2009 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

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