Category Archives: Seattle’s Literary Community

What’s a Plot Track?

Okay. A couple of readers want to know what a plot track is and how it works. You can run a plot track on an object, a symbol, a character, an action. In the examples below, all from Blood, I … Continue reading

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How The Memory Plot Track Started in Blood

I first thought about the problem of memory and how we know what words mean a few years ago. In Blood, I decided to make memory a central plot track. So, as Mitch writes his story, The Patron Saint of … Continue reading

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Mitch is Free

Pamela Hobart Carter–writer, poet, playwright, actress, most organized person I’ve ever met–read a pre-pub release of Blood. She sent me this note just to make me feel good. Mitch is free! No more cage for him. I have never read … Continue reading

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Art of the Cut To Technique

From: Jack Remick] Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 4:30 PM To: Vladimir Subject: cut to Vlado, Look at cut to as a technique you use to get control of a story. It’s not an end point. It’s a passing technique … Continue reading

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Quoted on the web

Dal Jeanis in Dallas, TX has a blog called White Flow. He’s interested in the moment of release that Natalie Goldberg talks about in “Bones” and “Wild Mind”– Lose Control, Don’t Think. He found this in a piece I wrote … Continue reading

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Solving First Person Narrative

The Writer Continues his Conversation with Himself because no one is reading his Blog. 5-15-2008 Louisa’s Café Today I write about what I don’t know–The challenge of voice in a First Person Narrative. I have two problems: 1. The Voice … Continue reading

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The Writer Talks to Himself about the Writing

5/08/2008 After rewriting the last three scenes for the fourth time. I find myself rewriting the same three scenes over and over. I’m looking for the deep place they hook to but I can’t find it. Scene One Is the … Continue reading

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