MacGuffins

I recently learned a new word: MacGuffin.  To my writer friends: I know, I'm possibly the last writer to learn this word.  To everyone else, allow me to explain something I just learned about myself: A MacGuffin is something that moves the plot along, but by itself is not really important (or can be substituted … Continue reading MacGuffins

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Characters and the writers who torment them

As writers, we do terrible things to our characters over the course of short stories and novels - we throw obstacles in their paths, send them after serial killers, break their hearts, introduce them to their arch-nemesis, strand them in foreign lands, and make them flirt with disaster. Often when I'm in the middle of a story and … Continue reading Characters and the writers who torment them