Saturday, October 30, 2010
One of my students, Chris, was writing the story of her grandmother’s life, but she wasn’t happy
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 4:44 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I believed in the book and wanted to see it in the hands of potential readers. But my disappointment was so great that
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 8:11 AM
Sunday, October 17, 2010
One evening I was reading a scene to my writers’ group. When I finished we talked about the characters, especially the main character, a search-and-rescue pilot. One of the writers, bless her, asked me that pivotal question that opens huge doors inside.
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 10:08 AM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Many writers have different names for their critics. Sue Grafton, the mystery writer, calls hers ego. “Ego is the piece of me that’s going, How am I doing, champ?,” she says. “Is this good? Do you like this? Do you think the critics will like this?
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 9:44 AM
Sunday, October 3, 2010
When I went back to college for my MFA in fiction and began my first novel, this search for closure no longer suited my writing. Novels explore, they expand, they lead to deeper secrets and more adventurous events. When one of my teachers noticed this tendency to neaten up my chapter endings, she decided to broaden my understanding of pacing. How it differs in books--as opposed to short pieces
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 12:57 PM