This week we’re lucky to have Priscilla Chaves, a book designer, visit the Tolllbooth! Priscilla designs books of all genres—fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, children’s books, and more. Ever since I worked with her last summer when she designed the cover for my novel, Crossings, I was
2016 is gone. It is over. Like it or not, it is time to accept that it is 2017. . I tend to make my resolutions in the fall during the Jewish High Holidays. I try to look at my last year with introspection, reflection, humility, and
This is the writer’s journey, the deeper we dig into our characters, the more we are able to unmask monsters of our own. Rock Me A cardboard cradle inhabits my character’s dream. Cardboard rockers, cardboard corners fitted by torn
What would a mountain lion do with human remains? Is it possible to murder someone with a proton beam? How fast can a knife wound across the chest bleed out? If your phone’s been hacked and someone’s spying on you, how would you know? These
When my book first came out in June 2015 I knew I wanted to do school visits. The only problem was, I had no idea how. To be honest, I was a little scared of the idea. On paper, it sounded great. In real time,
I was stuck. I’d been trying for months to finish my novel, but my output had dwindled from a torrent to a trickle. Even though I knew what happened in the end, I couldn’t find the words to write the last few chapters.
You’re reading along and a character makes a comment that jerks you out of the scene, because what they say or think doesn’t mesh with who they are. Such as— poor, backwoods boy describes a girl wearing a “vintage sleeveless red gingham blouse with black,
Your Brain on Story: A Survival Tale by Linden McNeilly Why do we tell stories? Read them? Watch movies, or play video games with storylines embedded? Why do we gossip or read celebrity news? The love of story. Or, according to some brain experts, the
A story always needs a setting, no matter what it’s about. Because “Nothing happens nowhere,” as the saying goes. Setting is about so much more than place though. It can be used to reveal character and mood, foreshadow what’s to come, or show not tell.
I tried a new exercise with my writing class recently. They each wrote a story, with a beginning, middle, and end, showing character change – using only 3 lists. The lists could be seemingly mundane – shopping lists before, during and after a vacation –