• Books,  Writing

    The Secret to Writing Good Sentences

    The Secret to Writing Good Sentences, Karen Hugg, All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, https://karenhugg.com/2015/11/21/anthony-doerr #novels #books #fiction #France #Paris #writing #AnthonyDoerr #AlltheLightWeCannotSee

    Lately, I’ve been judging my sentences as too clunky. They get to the point but there’s no inspiration. So I thought about what books in the past inspired me to write interesting sentences. European greats like Tolstoy, Hugo, Balzac, Dickens, James. And then contemporary writers like Anthony Doerr, Richard Ford, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Kazuo Ishiguro, Don DeLillo, Richard Yates, E.L. Doctorow, Ta Nahesi Coates. Why did I just list all men? There are plenty of women: Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Kingsolver,…

  • Writing

    What’s in a Name? A Great Character.

    Last November, I “won” National Novel Writing Month by writing 50,000 words of a novel draft. But I still wasn’t satisfied with my protagonist’s name, a name which I’d used as a placeholder in my rush to finish. I knew what kind of person he was, I’d already written a character bio of him, but I didn’t have a strong name that matched his personality. So in early January I decided to change it. The hunt for a solid name…