Category Archives: style and voice

  1. A Present Tense Confessional

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    February 21, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    Recently I concluded that the novel I’m working on would work better in the past tense, so I spent a …
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  2. The Central Static Character

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    November 15, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    A few years ago I wrote here that as writers we shouldn’t be afraid of leaving a character static as …
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  3. Where to Begin…Lord of the Flies

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    November 11, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding Book beginnings have always fascinated me. Maybe it was the opening of Genesis …
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  4. Voice and the elusive 2nd person

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    November 8, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    Narrative voice refers to the different forms that point of view can take in story telling. Most fiction, whether classic or …
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  5. Cure for writer’s block

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    October 11, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    Knowledge. That’s the cure for writer’s block. Knowledge. And here’s the first thing you need to know: THAT THERE’S NO …
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  6. Always the last to know

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    September 29, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    If you looked at everything I’ve posted about writing, you’d think Annie Dillard and I were good friends. I quote …
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  7. Blood Bound Promo Video

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    September 24, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    This was fun to make (and a LOT harder than I imagined).

  8. Where to begin…Bel Canto

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    September 6, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett It’s the compounding effect of implied questions that pulls me through the first two paragraphs …
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  9. Where to begin…The Crossing

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    August 30, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy Years ago, I picked up a copy of The Crossing at the East Lansing Public …
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  10. Are these book reviews? An explanation…

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    August 22, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    I’ve tried blogging often and for different reasons, but I’ve never come up with one (blog or reason) that stuck …
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