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What Should Be on Stage

I'm busy in what may be the last throes (of the first draft) of my novel these days, struggling with the tough questions that I've managed to put off or dodge around until this point. Some of those questions involve the staging of a central chapter and event in my novel, when a character goes on a journey. I'm discovering that that chapter has some weaker writing; my observations are simply weaker because I'm less familiar with the terrain that my character is covering. As a writer of place, whose observations are steeped in the places I've been, it's proving a very big challenge to write about places I haven't seen. (Read more »)

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