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What Gives a Novel Atmosphere?

K Caine

What Gives a Novel Atmosphere?

By K. Caine When I think about whether or not a story has atmosphere, I think about how I felt when I experienced it. Stories with atmosphere, for me, have associated feelings with them—and not just any feelings, but the visceral kind. When I think about atmosphere, I believe immersion can be an important part.Immersion: It's About Telling Readers Where They AreWhen I was growing up in the nineties, video games had static graphics at best. Your character moved steadily over an unchanged landscape, and if you stopped and looked around, there was no telling where you had been or...

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How My Fascination With Storytelling Began

K Caine

By K. Caine It’s fitting, I think, that the first stories I told to myself were stories of first meetings. I hadn’t intended to start telling myself stories, when I started—I was ten, maybe, or twelve, and I’d had this dream, you see. I was very big into the Robin Hood mythos when I was a child—not just the fox, but any of the stories that I could get my hands on. And I’d had this dream, one night. As far as dreams go, it was pretty simple—I was walking through the forest, I discovered Robin Hood’s camp, and I...

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First Meetings: When Their Story Starts

K Caine

By K Caine First meetings are always going to have a soft spot for me. When I think about how I want to recommend a story that I love to someone—I think about the first meetings, I think about what sparks excitement for me, I think about the possibilities that come from character arcs intersecting.When I write, I try to think of those same things as well. I look at the paths that characters are on, and I look at the paths that I would prefer them to be on, and I try to figure out how I can intersect...

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6 Tips: Writers and Artists Working from Home

Jamie Ashbird Janet Anderton K Caine Tim Richards Wendy C Fries Working From Home

When All of This™ first began, I edited a Spark newsletter about working from home. That issue is chocka-block with tips from the experienced and neophyte on Getting Stuff Done when all the doing happens from the dining room table, or a corner of the couch. The tips were so great that I asked for more and more is what I got, so here, hot of the home presses are a half dozen tips to help you focus even as Fido barks and social media siren songs. How Do You Work From Home (Some Answers Involve a Tomato and a Dinosaur)?...

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