Tag Archives: Cormac McCarthy

Book Review: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy 4*

A bunch of American mercenaries are hired by various Mexican governors to hunt down and kill the Apache renegades who have been wreaking havoc across their states. The men must return with Apache scalps to collect their bounty. But in … Continue reading

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To create natural conflict in your story, insert a major difference between your main characters

Shirley Valentine, from the Willy Russell play, is at heart adventurous and yearning for excitement in her life. This is shown best by putting her with an unadventurous husband, and it leads to conflict in their relationship because of their … Continue reading

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Splitting a theme from a well-known event and using it in your story

The best themes in my view have a level of universality about them, in that they can be applied to more than one human story. If that is the case, we should be able to split off a theme from … Continue reading

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Why should the reader care?

Recently, I asked a reviewer I met on KUForum if she would like to review my novel, Secrets From The Dust. She replied to say that it was not the sort of book she normally read, but she would have … Continue reading

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