Avoiding the “Info Dump”

I enjoy letters from readers, and often learn from them. I recently received a great review from a New Zealand author, Lyn McConchie. What I liked best about the review follows: “…very interesting background with just sufficient explanation to make sense of it...

Framing the Novel: The Prologue and the Epilogue

Reference books agree that a prologue is a separate introductory section of a work of literature, and an epilogue is a separate section at the end of a literary work.[1] A writer may use both a prologue and an epilogue in a book, one of them on its own, or neither....

The Birth, Death and Resurrection of the Footnote

A version of the footnote appeared around 1700, and evolved during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the form used throughout the nineteenth and much of the twentieth century. The footnote became a standard scholarly tool, offering “the only guarantee we...

The Novel in Letters

An epistolary novel is written as a series of letters.  It may also contain diary entries, clippings from newspapers or magazines, etc., and more recently, Email. But it is not an epistolary novel unless it is composed primarily of letters.[1] Letters and other...