holiday cliché

In 50 words, create a Thanksgiving gathering characterized by cliché. Then, using 50 more words, introduce someone whose arrival gives new meaning to "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Some say writers who use cliches betray a lack of original thought - make them wrong. Begin here:  David Cooper, US Fish and Wildlife Service End here:  Jerry … Continue reading holiday cliché

behaving badly for good reason

There are some characters you are likely to enjoy more in fiction than you would in life. These are the dysfunctional characters who make stories interesting by behaving badly for good reason. As the writer of these characters it is your job to understand, even if they cannot, why they do what they do.  One … Continue reading behaving badly for good reason