Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Seven Lessons Dorothy from Kansas Can Teach a Novelist

1. One way or another, you’re a character (if not the main one).

2. A good story needs a villain.

3. A good plot needs some form of good vs. evil

4. Little details make a big difference. (Ruby slippers? Flying monkeys?)

5. It’s okay to create characters based on people you know but make them different enough so there’s no danger of a lawsuit. (“I’m just a tall, skinny farmhand, Your Honor, and for most of the story she calls me stupid.”)

6. Let the reader see behind the curtain.

7. When in doubt, kill a witch.

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