[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood

Negotiating with the Dead came about when Atwood was asked to give a series of six lectures at The University of Cambridge on the subject of writing. Piece of cake, she thought, but, as the time drew near, she describes a panic setting in. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood

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[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir

When I discovered Kephart’s book, anything she had to say about handling truth was welcomed. Perhaps I knew I was in good hands when I flipped to a page and read: “Memoir writers have no control over how their cast of characters – which is to say their mothers, their fathers, their siblings … will feel about what has taken residency on your page.” Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir

Who Farted? : Why Character Development is Important to Your Plot

Here’s the scenario. A man and women are alone in an elevator when the foul, sulfuric, tell-tale sign that someone has committed an olfactory offence occurs. It’s a real nose stinger so rank it melts your nasal hair. The man and woman look at each other. Who farted? It’s the ultimate whodunnit. Continue reading Who Farted? : Why Character Development is Important to Your Plot