Rhobin Courtright organises a monthly round robin with a topic she sets. This always concerns some aspect of the craft of writing. Since her requests are intriguing, I have been joining in.
Here are my contributions to date, newest first:
Writing as Growth?
Name game: where do my characters’ names come from?
Developing tension. No, it’s not about knitting.
A muse: February Rhobin’s round about where my ideas come from.
2021 in Bob’s computer: Buddhist philosophy for Rhobin.
Forgiveness: an extract from my work in progress, Lifting the Gloom, as my contribution to Rhobin’s Rounds in December, 2020.
My best read of the past 10 years
Behind the story
Elementary, my dear Rhobin: the use of elements in writing
The unique people in my computer
My favourite villain
How easy or difficult do you find including humour in your writing?
What draws you into a story?
No, I won’t jump off the planet
The Obsolete Present is about our breakneck rate of change, and how to cope with it when writing contemporary fiction.
Labels Rhobin wanted a short story. Shelly had been bullied for 10 of her 15 years, to the point of wanting to kill herself. Then Jake appeared…
Oddballs from an oddball
Thickening the plot
This page won an award
Real life in stories
What would you like to your readers to know about your novels and their purpose?
How do you self-edit your books before submitting or publishing?
Sex in writing
How do you develop secondary characters? Do you have a favourite secondary character?
How has writing rewarded you? What has it cost you?
Encouraging youngsters to read
What started you to write?
Writing rough stuff
Chocolate icing on the cake of life
My very first story
A daisy chain of scenes
Where do your story ideas come from?
My fictional teachers
A magic trick for writing
What makes a character memorable?
Story is stalled?
Why I don’t write romance
Where do my characters come from?
A bang not a whimper?
How to get reviews
A writer’s reward
Description: When is it too much? How to use it in reality-building?
Writing is an addiction
Logues, pro and epi
Clever turns of phrase
By any other name
Is my writing right for you?
The wounded healer
What makes your writing memorable?
Emotion in writing
Oh, the weather!
Extra comes to life
Writing as if there was a future
My thoughts on Christmas
One of my angels
Things that go bump in the night
What matters in today’s world?