Category Archives: Rhobin’s round robin

A writer’s reward

Previous topics in Rhobin’s Rounds March Round Robin topic is suggested by Dr. Bob who wrote: My friend Anna Jacobs is a bestseller, with now 77 books published, although she is best known in Britain and Australia. She was complaining … Continue reading

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Description

Previous topics in Rhobin’s Rounds Writing is not a photograph but a charcoal sketch. Vision involves simultaneous processing: one glance gives you the whole picture. Writing is sequential. If you describe all that you see (and hear and smell and … Continue reading

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Writing is an addiction

Other topics in Rhobin’s rounds Rhobin’s January, 2017 topic: Everybody wants to write a book, but most do not. Writing is hard work. What got you started, and what helps you get through a complete story? What is a writer? … Continue reading

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Logues, pro and epi

Past topics in Rhobin’s Rounds My Ascending Spiral didn’t have a Prologue at first. It just started in 805 AD, a story told in the voice of Padraig, a shepherd boy on an island near the Irish coast. But one … Continue reading

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By any other name

Previous essays in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin’s topic: How important is a title? What attracts you to a certain title, and how do you determine what to title your book? Where I live, some mob call themselves The Good Guys. I … Continue reading

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Is my writing right for you?

Previous posts in Rhobin’s rounds Rhobin Courtright’s topic for September: What writing practices do you have that you think are eccentric or at least never mentioned but you find helpful? My initial response was: “I don’t know that I have … Continue reading

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The wounded healer

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin’s topic for August, 2016 was suggested by Victoria Chatham: To make our stories interesting our characters often have some kind of psychological, spiritual or physical wounds. The process of healing them becomes the character’s … Continue reading

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What makes your writing memorable?

My other essays in Rhobin’s rounds Every piece of text has a purpose. A shopping list is a reminder, and perhaps a restraining tool. A novel is meant to entertain. A car manual is designed to guide maintenance and repairs. … Continue reading

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Emotion in writing

Rhobin’s question for June, 2106 is: How emotionally involved are you in reading or writing some scenes? I have a short and a long answer. The short answer is to look at the derivation of the word “emotion.” Clearly, “e” … Continue reading

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Confrontation

Rhobin’s Topic for May, 2016: Confrontation creates powerful drama. This month, use one scene you’ve written (published or not) that shows confrontation between characters with a brief explanation. Do leave a comment. As I wrote to Rhobin, the problem is … Continue reading

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