Category Archives: Susan’s posts

MAKING STORY CHARACTERS REAL

Susan Vaughan here. I recently spoke to a group at the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor, Maine, about the “anatomy” of a novel. The talk was aimed at readers, not writers. So often readers ask how writers come up … Continue reading

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Is a MacGuffin Something? Or Nothing?

Susan Vaughan here. In fiction, a MacGuffin, sometimes written McGuffin or maguffin, is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist and often others pursue. For storytellers as far back as ancient … Continue reading

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Print vs E, Either-Or or And?

Susan Vaughan here. I posted this a few years ago, and am wondering if there’s still a debate. I bought my Kindle several years ago because it was the only way I could read some authors’ books. But I was quickly … Continue reading

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VAGARIES OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Susan Vaughan here. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, but my topic is far from hearts and flowers. If you hate grammar, you have my permission to read no further. For this post is about changing and meandering usage and spelling in … Continue reading

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LEGACY: A CONTINUING STRUGGLE

Susan Vaughan here on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Given the continuing racial and ethnic divides in the United States, one wonders what the Reverend Dr. King would think of the progress or lack thereof of civil rights. The holiday … Continue reading

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