Things Writers Worry About

One modern (I think) literary convention is that unless the story is written in first-person POV, internal dialogue is expressed in italics, so that the reader doesn’t mistake the character’s thoughts for things he or she says out loud. Not every writer does this, but it’s common. In writing the Altered Seasons books, I’m experimenting with this a little. Isabel has a number of internal conversations with something that poses as her conscience but may actually be just a lump of internalized negativity with delusions of wokeness. I’m using bold rather than italics to distinguish this particular inner voice, as follows: You calmly told Governor Camberg that Miami and New Orleans were lost ca

A Preach Allergy

This is an advertisement I recently saw on Facebook for the Netflix original movie Okja. I look upon this ad, and I marvel that people came up with it. Not only that, they filmed it. And when they had filmed it, they looked at it and said to themselves, “Yes, this is a good ad. This ad will persuade viewers to watch this movie. It will not persuade them to avoid it like the annual Anchovy and Pineapple Pizza Festival with live music by Nickelback.” And I wonder if these people know something I don’t. (In fact, they almost certainly do. One thing my brief career in sales taught me was that I can’t sell steak to a hungry dog. People tell me that as a writer, I am my own best marketer, and th

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