The swashbuckling techniques of the modern literary fictioneer. With jokes. Saturday Show #17-The Austin Writing Group, Episode 6. Some of the topics discussed:

– The relative weight of scenes vs. “pacing” and different terminology used by different schools of writing.
– Depth of theme, setting, and characters in the movie “Lost in Translation,” written and directed by Sofia Coppola.

– The shift in American culture away from moralizing and into objectivism, in historical research AND literary fiction. The impact of this shift on society.

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  1. I’ve noticed in the last few years that the books I admire and enjoy the most are marvels of pacing. I hadn’t thought of story-boarding. I will be looking for your next novel and a first chapter!

    1. Frank Marcopolos 16 May 2013 at 16:16

      Thanks, Kathleen. Be warned: I work SLOWly, for whatever reason. But yeah, pacing is very important. Too fast and the reader is breathless, too slow and s/he is bored. Hitting it just right keeps them pages turnin’!

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