“Fiction writers, though they spin stories, are really in the business of getting at the truth. Not a single, final, absolute truth, but rather the multiple and varied truths of how we live, what shapes our lives. Good fiction reveals worlds previously unknown, or sheds new light on the familiar.” ~ Kim Edwards
Jessica Page Morrell lives near Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers and watches the sky all its moods and shades. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative Life, Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm.
Morrell works as a highly-sought after developmental editor because if your characters are a bundle of quirks and inconsistencies, or the plot stalls and the scenes don’t flow, these problems need to be unriddled before you submit it to an agent or editor. She also works on memoirs and nonfiction books with a special focus on the inner logic and voice of each manuscript. She began teaching writers in 1991 and now teaches through a series of workshops in the Northwest and at writing conferences throughout North America and lectures to various writing organizations. She is the former writing expert at iVillage.com which was voted as one of the best 101 sites for writers. She formerly hosted a series of writing conferences and is now focusing on creating online classes and workshops. She hosts a Web site at www.writing-life.com, and she wrote monthly columns about topics related to writing since 1998. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines Her former Web log is at http://thewritinglifetoo.blogspot.com
March 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Yes. We live with so many cliches and shallow truths that it takes some effort to find and write about “the multiple and varied truths of how we live.”
Love those twisted air roots.
March 13, 2014 at 12:02 am
thanks–I agree. Just loved that quote and when I’m walking in the woods I’m always looking for twisted roots. When I was a girl I believed little people lived there.