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What Novels Can Do That Movies Can’t, and Why We Need to Keep Writing Them

Get inspired by the power of the classic novel in Tim Weed's upcoming course "Reading Like a Writer: Ernest Hemingway."


It takes years of applied study and a huge investment of time and energy to create a viable novel, and let’s face it: publishing is a crapshoot. You may not find a publisher, and even if you do find one – or if you make the risky decision to self-publish – your painstakingly crafted opus may never reach a wider audience

January 12, 2015 | Timothy Weed

Narrative as Time Machine: Five Tools for World Building in Historical Fiction Part 2

Here's part 2 of an essay based on Presenter Tim Weed's fabulous craft talk at Muse 2014. Missed part 1? No problem! Just click here.


World Building Tool #4: Defamiliarization

Defamiliarization is a critical tool for all fiction writers, but especially for those writing historical fiction, where the risk of falling into clichés is particularly acute. Consider this passage from Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient:

“The last mediaeval war was fought in Italy in 1943 and 1944. Fortress towns and great promontories which had been battled over since the eighth century had the armies of new kings flung ...

July 14, 2014 | Timothy Weed

Narrative as Time Machine: Five Tools for World Building in Historical Fiction Part 1

Here's part 1 of an essay based on Presenter Tim Weed's fabulous talk at Muse 2014:

Consider the opening paragraph of Mary Renault’s classic novel, The King Must Die:

“The Citadel of Troizen, where the Palace stands, was built by giants before anyone remembers. But the Palace was built by my great-grandfather. At sunrise, if you look at it from Kalauria across the strait, the columns glow fire-red and the walls are golden. It shines bright against the dark woods on the mountainside.”

July 11, 2014 | Timothy Weed

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