Category Archives: Rhobin’s round robin

Where to hide the time machine: backstory

Skye Taylor has set us this topic: The Importance of your character’s backstory/history and how to share this with the reader without an info dump that stalls the action. Skye’s question immediately reminded me of a little essay I wrote … Continue reading

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It refuses to stay still!

Our round robin topic for February, 2023 is “How can contemporary fiction keep up with our swiftly changing world, politically, socially or technically?” When I was young, like in 700 BCE, there was a steady state. In a particular location, … Continue reading

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New Beginnings: how do you begin a new writing challenge?

An increase in personal responsibilities has forced Rhobin Courtright to retire as the leader of our monthly round robin, but Skye Taylor has grabbed the baton. Isn’t English a wonderful language? This means she has taken over the relay race … Continue reading

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Even villains are apprentice Buddhas

Rhobin Courtright’s homework for her faithful followers is: “Have any of your villainous characters reached redemption for their actions? How did you go about it?” Last century, my answer would have had to be no. Rather, naughty people got punished … Continue reading

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Secret dossier

Rhobin Courtright wants to know: “What do you define in your writing about your characters and what do you leave to the reader’s intuition? Is there anything you never tell about a character?” The dossier is a useful tool for … Continue reading

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Killing my darlings

For July, 2022, Rhobin sent us a list of 6 topics suggested by Connie Vines, asking us to make a smorgasbord selection. I consider this wasteful: if I was running the show, which I am not, thank heavens, I’d consider … Continue reading

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Currant Fairies

Rhobin Courtright wants to know about the inclusion of current affairs in our writing, and sorry, I just can’t help the title. Her examples are: Do you ever include politics in your stories (why and how?) Do you ever address … Continue reading

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Writing = life = writing

Our Robin’s Round homework for May, 2022: “What are your favorite things to do when you need to get away from stalled writing? Does it help you to resume with new ideas on the book you are writing?” When I … Continue reading

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Reading breeding writing

Our homework from Rhobin Courtright for April, 2022 is “How much reading do you do, both for pleasure and for a work in progress?” In the antediluvian times when I was young, reading was one of my addictions. If a … Continue reading

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Massaging the global culture

In March, 2022, Rhobin Courtright would like to know what messages my books give to my readers. Terribly sorry, but it’s affliction of mine. I cannot help it. I cannot have the word “message” in my mind without “massage,” and … Continue reading

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