From First to Third: Writing a Character Alone with Her Thoughts

By LitWrap Contributor Mary Lannon

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Most of my writing experience is in the first and second person.  Up until now my biggest project was a coming-of-age novel in the first person and a dozen or so stories, all but two written in the first or second person. So it came as a surprise  (a most welcome one) that the new novel that I am working on appears—45-pages in—to require three alternating close third-person narrators. In the opening pages, my narrators are alone and the drama takes place more in their thoughts than in dramatic scenes. So I set out to look for how other writers make this type of scenario work. Continue reading From First to Third: Writing a Character Alone with Her Thoughts

Google Autocomplete and the Collective (Literary) Unconscious

By LitWrap Contributor Alex Vlahov

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Do you ever type an entire question into Google? I’ll often search for something exactly as it entered my head, naked in verbatim ambiguity or cut like a key with jagged minutiae. This indolent reliance on social media worries me, especially in regards to an eroding command of vocabulary. However, there is base-camp relief reached when a question of mine has been navigated before, despite 15% of Google’s searches being new each day. Thanks to Autocomplete, I know that I’m not curious alone. Continue reading Google Autocomplete and the Collective (Literary) Unconscious

Three Reasons You Should Write a Short, Short Story

images-3What is flash fiction? Flash fiction is a complete story, remarkable for its brevity. Lengths might shift. Some outlets call for a teeny 100 words. Others offer the wiggle room of a comfy 1500 words. Regardless, flash fiction needs to tell a story, with plot, narrative, character/s, conflict, and resolution.

You should write a short, short story because: Continue reading Three Reasons You Should Write a Short, Short Story

Get a Little Bit Organized

scrivenerDo you have parts of your novel stored safely on scraps of paper around your bedroom? Pads of paper with misshapen looped around parts you’ve typed up and parts you haven’t?  Writers swear by Scrivener, which is good because when you’re writing a novel, you need something to swear by. Continue reading Get a Little Bit Organized