Writing Ghost Stories for Young Audiences

I came on this monthly theme by an accident of breaking my book budget in March. And let me just say, March feels like two years ago. But I covered this in a previous post, so you can hop...

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Unlimited Free Reading – Consider Fanfiction

Fanfiction is the ultimate readers’ buffet. Social media is teaming with fan works that get liked, shared, and lauded in comments for months even years after they’re created, recirculating among lovers of the original franchises and enchanting new fans...

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Exploring the Biodome Trope… since we really built one.

Alright sci-fi fans… I hate to burst bubbles here. We’re a long way from self-sustaining bases in space, and especially far from them on other planets. Thankfully we have fiction! In our little fun worlds, we can accept that...

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The Name of the Wind and strange couches

Coming back to reading fiction after nonfiction feels a bit like hitting Friday night and picking your favorite poison. Some people throw themselves into it, drown in a glorious oblivion, and suffer their hangover while counting down to Friday...

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Writing Fan Fiction

The writing community has some wide-ranging opinions about fan fiction, and many people who write it themselves have conflicted feelings. “Is this stealing?” some ask. Others grapple with how much time they spend on it wondering, “Is this a...

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What does your story assume?

In writing, there is always an intellectual frame in place. What that frame is, and how the writer selects it, is usually both taken for granted and similar to frames that are clearly accepted by the target audience. One...

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Worldbuilding for Realistic Fiction

I am proud to admit I write in many genres. I've been known to write light-hearted fantasy, speculative/science fiction, lite horror, a little supernatural, period realistic fiction, and contemporary fiction. People seem surprised when I say I use worldbuilding...

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Life is Like a Box Of Chocolates (so are anthologies)

While continuing our read of Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, I just wanted to share a bit of commentary on the subject of writers reading short stories. It’s been several weeks since I...

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Object Lessons: Learning from Literary Short Fiction

I’ve recently picked up Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story and the first few stories got me thinking. This isn’t just any anthology. It’s geared toward writing instruction, marketed to aspiring writers looking...

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Podcast Alert! Writing Excuses

This is a busy time of year! As you know, I’m an advocate of writers having day jobs if the situation fits for them, and I follow that path myself. At this point, it’s not a choice so much as a...

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