Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rod Morris (Advice for Novelists, Part 5)

Today I ask the question:

"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"

...to Rod Morris:

Don't preach to your readers and don't give in to the temptation to explain (tell) what's going on in your story. Know your characters intimately and let us see and hear them in action, then trust the power of their story to convey the theme or message of your novel.

--Rod Morris, Senior Editor, Harvest House Publishers

3 comments:

Todd Michael Greene said...

I just stumbled across your blog today. I didn't know you had this one. Great series for those of us still aspiring to be published novelists.

On January 1 of this year I started my on blog about writing fiction. You can find it at:

http://messagesfromtheasylum.blogspot.com

As well as my book promo blog at:

http://anewnovelistsjourey.blogspot.com

Stop by sometime and tell me what you think.

Type to you later,

Todd

Cara Putman said...

CJ, this is a great series of articles! Love it! And full of great advice.

C.J. Darlington said...

Thanks, Todd & Cara, for your comments. :)