April 1st, 2016

"Is The Music Bad, Mommy?"

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James Preston

Tips for doing Bad Things to Your Characters.

As I write this I am watching an old episode of CSI. Ray Langston, (Laurence Fishburn) is testifying in the trial of a psychotic who stabbed him. It is an excruciating series of scenes, definitely not for the faint of heart.… Read the post

December 16th, 2015

Three Reasons to Believe in Your Work

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James R. Preston"Disneyland! That's the answer." (Fiction 101 -- Drop your reader into the action immediately.)

My wife and I went to Disneyland recently. The trip was fun, of course, but it was also a revelation. Suddenly, Nancy turned to me and said, "The essay you are working on for Writers in the Storm!… Read the post

September 16th, 2015

TV Series Binge Watching--A Study in Character Development

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James R. PrestonJames Preston

In Back to the Future, Marty McFly's mother's kid brother asks "What's a re-run?"

Marty replies, "You'll find out."

Pop quiz: What was on TV when Marty said that?

I am old enough to remember that if I missed an episode of "77 Sunset Strip" (BTW if in your mind you heard the "snap-snap" from the theme song you are my kind of people), I'd have to wait for a summer re-run.… Read the post



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