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(The bare kernel of a story. Second draft.)

Note: I just reread the second draft of A Shimmering Reverb and realize that its narrative is a bit confusing. 947 more words

Fiction Writing

2004-2014: How the E-book Changed Adult Fiction

This is the first post of two on the subject of changes in publishing. I came across an interesting post by Jane Friedman on the subject, based on a Nielsen presentation by… 369 more words


Genre Fixation: Upmarket Fiction

In several posts, I have raged against the literary fiction v. genre fiction situation in the publishing world. One is held in high regard yet is often boring, the other is derided as trite or too commercial. 614 more words


In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

I admit it: I am an awful blogger. I’ve been terribly inactive and I have all of zero ideas when it comes to topics I can write about here at… 2,130 more words


How to Develop a Rapport with the Reader

A few years ago, the guest editor for The Best American Short Stories (I think it was Alice Sebold) wrote that she chose the stories while sitting on a plane. 1,164 more words

Creative Writing Prompts

Fictional choices

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
From conversation between Dumbledore and Harry, at the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.

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Keep Cracking Yourself Open

Smithsonian Magazine did an issue last November on American Ingenuity. (I’m just now getting that far along in my magazines. They tend to pile up while I’m reading books.) The issue examined education, science, and the arts. 676 more words