The Beauty of Outlines: Intro

March 31, 2011


I have a confession to make. It’s something that’s caused me a lot of concern and trouble over the years, something that has forced me to confront how I think about writing and what I think about writing. It’s also something that–I think–will make my life easier. I like outlines. Yep. I said it. Back […]

The Omniscient Narrator

March 17, 2011


It has come to my attention that there are some people who don’t know the difference between second-person narration and an omniscient narrator voice. It has also come to my attention that I am extremely picky about point-of-view (perhaps because that was such a serious problem in my latest bit of fiction). Why is this […]

Posted in: point-of-view, Writing

Why I Like Writing Endings

March 15, 2011


I recently wrote the climactic scene for a story that’s been giving me trouble since December. (Note: I say “climactic” instead of “the last” because it was what I think of as the last difficult scene. There are still a few character parts to write, but those are easy as breathing. The climax was a […]

Posted in: endings, Writing

The Subtleties of Point of View

March 10, 2011


Have you ever really thought about point of view? No, really, have you? I will confess, I never used to. When I was a young writer (we’re talking eighth grade here), point of view was no more an artistic tool than the paper I wrote on; it was just a medium. I didn’t give it […]

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Mmmm, Femininity

March 8, 2011


Most of my life, I was never interested in “girl stuff.” I was the first of my peers to physically mature, but they were off in the land of boys, makeup, and leg-shaving a long time before I was. Mostly, this was because I, like most adolescent girls, was painfully convinced that I was fat, […]

Posted in: gender roles

Why Princess and the Frog Doesn’t Bother Me

March 3, 2011


It really doesn’t. It was actually one of the loveliest movies I’ve watched in a long time. I could stare at the backgrounds for hours, and watching it fills me with a simple joy. I love it. That being said, Beauty and the Beast, in that way of irrational fan-love, is still my favorite Disney […]

Why Beauty and the Beast Bothers Me

March 1, 2011


Fact: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite of the Disney Renaissance films. I like Aladdin’s writing better, and, if you ask me, nothing will ever top Glen Keane’s animation work on Ariel, but Beauty and the Beast is the movie I reach for when I’ve had a lousy day or when I just want […]