Tag Archives: Fiction

A Title is Worth a Thousand Words

When I was an undergraduate student in my first fiction writing workshop, there was a day when we had a very lengthy discussion about titling stories. Everyone had their own opinions about what made a good title, none of which … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings

Sometimes you write a line so beautiful, so fantastic, so enlightening, that you feel you must share it with the world. So you squint and you furrow and you find a way to shimmy the line into a story you’re … Continue reading

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Writing Beyond Disruption

  We moved today.  The English Dept. swapped buildings and moved into a new, shiny, creativity-inducing workspace.   I’ve already done a post on where we work and how we work, but what about disruptions in our lives and writing … Continue reading

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Have Writer’s Block?

Oh, it’s the worst thing ever. You know it. You sit down to complete an assignment (or you know, to write for fun) and you just. Can’t. Think. Of. Anything. And the blinking cursor in Word threatens to destroy you … Continue reading

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Can Facebook, Twitter, and Blogging Make You a Better Writer?

First, check out the latest social networking stats: Facebook: 901 million monthly users of Facebook as of March 2012 (http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22) Twitter: 175 million Twitter user accounts as of March 31, 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/7cuh9d8) WordPress: over 73 million sites (not necessarily users) … Continue reading

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What?! I have to do research?

Yes. Even when writing fiction, you need to do research. Does this come as a surprise? As the writer, you are the boss of everything, right? That’s true, but only to an extent. At some point, the reader, who has … Continue reading

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Second Person POV: What The Heck Is It?

When it comes to choosing a point-of-view for a fiction story, most people show a preference for either first person or third person. First person point-of-view is when the narrator tells the story and is a character in a story. … Continue reading

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