writing

Author! Author! The Impact of Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is an author, screenwriter, publisher, English tutor, visionary and seller of pirate supplies.  If you have heard of McSweeney’s (a literary quarterly that is published, as he puts it, “two or three times a year”) then you probably know who Dave Eggers is. If you went to see the 2009 feature film adaptation […]

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Fact Into Fiction: The Plots Thicken

I was thinking of writing a story filled with intrigue, romance and scandal but maybe it isn’t believable enough.  The plot line briefly is this: A retired four star General, who has been appointed to head up the international intelligence bureau in the US, is approached by an attractive woman who’s a journalist and an […]

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It Takes a Village: Earn Validation and Maybe Some Cash

This summer I entered a short story in The Writers’ Village Writing Award, a writing contest judged by Dr. John Yeoman, which he holds quarterly. The deadline for the next round is December 31. You can submit unpublished stories that are 3000 words or less, written in any genre. The cost to enter is £12 (about […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Candidate

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Candidate. Here is my offering: “Gabe, are you okay in there?” […]

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Details, Details…

One of the most common pieces of advice to novice writers is to write what you know about. As cliched as that might be there is some truth to it, which is probably one reason why it is bandied about with such frequency. John Grisham writes legal thrillers and has a law degree to back […]

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Here’s the Wind-Up and the Pitch: Perfecting the Opening Paragraph

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh. I’m sorry. Have you heard that one before? The opening sentence and lead paragraph in a story or novel is, as they say, your only chance to make a first impression.  Like the cover of your book, that first paragraph might be the difference between a polite […]

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When Today Becomes Yesterday: Letting Contemporary Settings Show Their Age

I’m a little torn.  I write contemporary fiction with contemporary settings. I listen to the people around me and collect contemporary expressions, I make note of current culture, I am familiar with popular brands, stores and locations.  I like to use all of that to make my stories feel authentic and to firmly root them […]

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