Highlights of the Storycraft Blog

DSC04038Once upon a time, I kept a blog that some fiction writers and other story nerds found useful. It was called “Storycraft,” and it was dedicated to analyzing specific aspects of the craft as applied to classic and contemporary works of fiction. That blog is now permanently off-line. There may or may not be a book at some point. However, I’ve preserved a few of my personal highlights, which you are welcome to read if you’re that kind of person by clicking on any of the following links.

Enjoy! — Tim

A Masterpiece of Dread: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth

Repetition & Resonance in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

Character Portraits in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

Language as the Ghost of Meaning: Cormac McCarthy’s Amazing Sentences

Exuberance, Character Sympathy, and Redemption in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Dramatic Irony in Fiction: Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See

When is a Prologue Necessary? Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife

Mixed Points of View in Philipp Meyer’s The Son

Advantages of the Close Third POV: Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome

Fiction’s Inner Landscape: Point of View & Interiority in Jim Harrison’s Legends of the Fall

Reaching for the Sublime: Image Systems in Fiction

Character Leitmotif in Robert Stone’s Dog Soldiers