Voicings: Nora Gaskin

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in The Dancing Pen, Voicings | 2 Comments
Voicings: Nora Gaskin

“I like to let the characters have their say, even with a plot line that involves murder and mayhem.” So says Nora Gaskin, author of Until Proven and Time of Death. In these books Gaskin explores the story of two young North Carolina women killed in their homes forty years apart. Until Proven is a fictional […]

All In

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Musings, The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments

OK. Here’s the thing. This is a picture of my son’s plate as he helped himself to dinner. I have noticed that children consistently put their plates only halfway on the table. This phenomena extends to other activities as well. For example, when working on a project, the object under development will often be balanced […]

Memoir and Story

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | One Comment

One of the common problems I see in writing workshops is the memoir writer who is struggling to tell his story. I don’t have a solution to this problem, but I recognize it, and I think that’s important. Fiction writers in particular can often have some distance from their story. For example, the princess that […]

Dynamic Range

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments

One of the key elements that gets overlooked by new writers is what I think of as dynamic range. This is a concept that is used to great effect in other art forms like photography and music. You’ve got a limited frame in which to work. In photography that’s the border of the image. In […]