Category Archives: Rhobin’s round robin

A daisy chain of scenes

Rhobin’s topic this month: How do you ensure a story has a good beginning, a satisfying ending, and good continuity in between? When I was supervising students, I had to advise them on how to write a research thesis. I … Continue reading

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My very first story

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin wants to know how I developed my first story. Way back when I was a nursing student, I had to make a choice. My place of training was too far from home for me … Continue reading

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Where do your story ideas come from?

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds This varies. One common situation is when I have a concept. A few examples: 1. I needed to illustrate Aaron Beck’s concept of “mind reading” for my coming book on depression. Two hours later, I … Continue reading

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My fictional teachers

Other topics in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin’s topic for February, 2018: “Your characters come from your mind, sometimes interpretations of other people you’ve witnessed or met, but can you create character lives without revealing something about yourself? Have your characters ever … Continue reading

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A magic trick for writing

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds The concept of point of view (POV) is a central magic of writing fiction. An editing client has just let me know he has problems with it, so I suggested he use guided imagery to … Continue reading

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Holidays

I approve of holy days. If you have honest belief in a religion, I hope you celebrate its holy days with prayer, and ritual designed to uplift you, and acts of service to your conception of God. Nowadays, though, a … Continue reading

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When?

Other posts in Rhobin’s rounds Rhobin’s question is: In what time period do you prefer to set your stories — past, present, or future? What are the problems and advantages of that choice? Would you like to change? OK, here … Continue reading

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Story is stalled?

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin’s topic for August, 2017: When you are stumped on moving a plot line forward, what do you do to reinvigorate your imagination and get your characters moving? Being an environmentalist, I like to recycle. … Continue reading

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Why I don’t write romance

Rhobin’s topic this month is: “Whatever genre you write, do you have a different one that you love to read? What do you think attracts readers to certain genres?” However, I have chosen to be disobedient, and to write about … Continue reading

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Where do my characters come from?

Other essays in Rhobin’s rounds Rhobin’s question: how do you go about developing your characters for a story? How much time do you spend or does it just happen in the writing process? What inspires it? I really don’t know … Continue reading

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