Tag Archives: Fiction

NPR’s Recommended Books of 2013 This is a really cool, interactive “list,” if you will, of books that NPR thought to be the best of 2013.  I highly recommend checking it out.

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Can we be inspired by social networking?

I’m a social-networker.  Scratch that.  I’m just a Facebooker.  I must check Facebook at least ten times a day.  I’m one of those people for whom Facebook may be replacing my social life, but that’s a post for another time, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Writing Prompts These Thanksgiving writing prompts come from blogger Bryan Cohen.  Check ’em out!

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Killing Your Darlings

It’s an often-given piece of advice in creative writing courses to “kill your darlings” if those elements get in the way of storytelling. What this means is that you might have to cut favorite lines, characters, plot points, and so … Continue reading

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A Call For Human Stories

Each month I offer my students a PDF that explains general guidelines for how to end a story and suggests what you shouldn’t do. I also provide them with a link from Strange Horizons about Stories We’ve Seen Too Often. … Continue reading

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Can You Write Someone You’re Not?

As you may or may not know, the author of the Harry Potter series is a British woman named Joanne “J.K.” Rowling. The story I’ve heard regarding the use of initials instead of her given name lies with her publisher: … Continue reading

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You Don’t Actually Hate Writing

Whenever I’m asked to list my interests (which I feel happens more often than you’d think), “writing” always pops up, alongside reading, going to the beach, and eating cupcakes.  I’ve been listing writing as one of my interests for as … Continue reading

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