Monthly Archives: March 2012

Counterpoint: Consider the Audience

I say it constantly: nothing is for everyone. While we as writers may hope and wish that everyone who reads our stories will be enamored, the reality is that we cannot write to please them all. Earlier this week my … Continue reading

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Point-of-View Can Sometimes Make All the Difference

If you read my post from last week, you’d know that I’ve been struggling to read Hunger Games. I was a bit vague on details because I was vague on why I felt such malaise from it. Well, this weekend, … Continue reading

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Guns, Explosions, and Zombies, Oh My!

Here’s the truth: it takes everything I have in me not to ban the use of guns in my students’ short stories. I want to ban guns so bad. I fantasize about writing, “Do not use guns in your story. … Continue reading

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The Truth and That’s It

Lately, there have been many fights over what constitutes truth.  This relates most to nonfiction and poetry but can also relate to the writing of fiction–what is written, no matter what genre, should be based in some sort of reality, … Continue reading

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Random Musings – The Importance of Beginnings

I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, but there’s apparently a Hunger Games movie coming out this weekend. I know everybody around me can’t wait to go check it out. In terms of hype, it looks like it might … Continue reading

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Writing Advice Ain’t Free

It’s inevitable. Every few months I’m strolling merrily along in life, minding my own business, when someone drops a bomb on my head and there’s just nothing I can do about it. I’m helpless. I’m talking, of course, about people … Continue reading

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Punching Dummies in the Face, or, When the Mind Wanders

Often, we’re faced with doing things we don’t want to do. Even as adults, we have to clean our rooms, do the dishes, and sort through heaps of laundry. We may be faced with a lot of temptation, too–what’s better … Continue reading

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