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Choose Your Setting Wisely (or You Might Live to Regret It)

Posted by Guest at Aug 29, 2013 7:00 am in , , , , , , ,

by J. Kathleen Cheney Back in 2009, I set out to write a novelette set in the early 1900s in Venice but, to make some plot elements fit better, I blithely switched the location to Porto, Portugal.  At the time, I had no idea of the ramifications of that choice….because the novelette went on to […]


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Writing Between the Sexes by Leigh Michaels

Posted by Guest at Jul 10, 2012 12:00 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

Let’s say you’re wandering through the bookstore, you flip open a book by someone called Chris Smith, and you read this: Joe had spiffed himself up by putting on a tie, a silly one decorated with the Three Stooges. Elizabeth was still wearing her tan suit, but she’d removed her jacket, revealing a holstered .38 […]

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What the Heck is Deep Point of View? by Carrie Lofty

Posted by Guest at Jun 12, 2012 7:30 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

So often when receiving critiques from peers, editors or agents, the subject of “deep point of view” can rear its head. What, exactly, does that entail? How can we add depth to characters–and therefore depth to our stories–by immersing readers into unique, powerful points of view? My upcoming course for FF&P is title “Beyond Research: […]


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