The Happy Writer

Is a happy writer an oxymoron? by Sylvie Kurtz The Happy Writer Is a happy writer a myth? There’s an image of a writer that’s been floating around forever. He’s a tortured soul who writes alone in a garret, yet from that darkness flows brilliant prose that stirs the reader’s soul. Only after he’s dead,…

Revision

The Macro to Micro Method by Sylvie Kurtz Revision When my kids were younger, I remember watching one of those kid-centered science shows with them. The gist of the episode was how to fill a vase with stones. First the “scientist” started with the sand, then attempted to jam in bigger pebbles and got nowhere….

Story Deconstruction

Learning to Write by Taking Apart a Story by Sylvie Kurtz Story Deconstruction Story deconstruction means taking a story apart to see how it works (or doesn’t.) I’m always amazed at the number of people who want to write, but say they don’t read. That makes no sense to me. A big part of learning…

Perspective

Using Point of View to Focus a Scene by Sylvie Kurtz Perspective Perspective shows someone’s unique view the world. Many ways exist to view a scene. You could stand up high and look down with a wide-angle lens like a god watching his creation from above, taking everything in. This view sees all and knows…

Rising to the Occasion

How a Story’s Final Battle Gives it Meaning by Sylvie Kurtz Rising to the Occasion Story theorists often use the word “battle” to describe the final clash between the main character and the main opponent. The word implies violence, a fight to the death. But battle can give your story so much more than physical…