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Showing posts 1 to 10 labeled Criticism (25 total)

Preaching in Fiction (May 6, 2017)

It's perfectly natural for authors to use their stories to show the difference between right and wrong. However, there are stories with good moral lessons, and then there are sermons masquerading as stories. More »

What I Learned from Pride and Prejudice: Maximizing Potential for Happiness (May 2, 2017)

The magic of P&P is in its basic story structure. More »

With Great Authority Comes Great Responsibility (April 21, 2017)

When a reader picks up a book, she basically hands her heart over to the author on a silver platter, saying, "Do with it what you will." More »

In Defense of Telling: Orienting Readers and Respecting Their Time (April 14, 2017)

I recovered from my crisis of confidence, but I still have yet to begin Rainie Day #2 because of matters of life and death. Literally. In the past month, I attended two conferences and a funeral. (Not quite as catchy as Four Weddings and a Funeral, but believe me, it's been just as manic and emotionally fraught around here as that movie. More »

Faux Diversity in Fiction (February 5, 2017)

If everyone sees the world the same way but wears different hats, that's not diversity. More »

Thoughts on Serialization (January 29, 2017)

I've been thinking about what works for me as a series reader, and what rubs me the wrong way. More »

What I Learned from Twilight: Writing with Sincerity (January 18, 2017)

A writer can come up with the tightest plot, the wittiest dialogue, and the keenest observations of the human condition, but if she doesn't write with sincerity, her readers won't connect with the story. More »

Pros and Cons of a Strong Authorial Voice (September 18, 2016)

If done well and purposefully, a strong authorial voice can make a book. But if done badly or accidentally, it can ruin it. More »

Whodunit, Not Howdunit or Whodunwhat (September 5, 2016)

I love whodunits, but the books I borrow often end up being "howdunits" or "whodunwhats" instead. More »

American vs. East Asian Storytelling (December 17, 2015)

Cultural differences make it harder to identify with East Asian protagonists than we do with Western ones. More »