Too many gray days here – I need sun. Not much to say, so will give you some links
Monthly Archives: May 2009
After 10 hours of sleep, I feel much better and ready to write. Doris Lessing maintains that there are no laws for the novel. Still pondering that one.
I’m not much for mysteries, but this post title made me laugh: The Edgar Winner Group: 2009 Edgar Awards
One of the things that bothers me in fiction is sloppy or non-existent research. The internet has made research easier, but you have to check sources carefully. We’re human and we’re going to make mistakes, but my advice is to learn to research in a library the old-fashioned way first so you at least have some idea of what you’re looking at online. Example: Toni Morrison’s been taken to task for including starlings in A Mercy. Is the occasional anachronism or inaccuracy a problem? Depends on whether it takes the reader out of the narrative. Practice good research and it will lessen the odds that your reader will say, ‘wait a minute…’