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“Literary” versus Fiction that Sells

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I hate it when "literary" folks bash popularized works of fiction and the writers of popular fiction. What is popular fiction? I would call it fiction that sells. There are works that are deemed literary that might fall in to that category. Cormac McCarthy sells… Continue reading “Literary” versus Fiction that Sells

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Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

I’d like to continue my ramblings on stakes and characterization. This time focused on your character’s wants, or their motivations for what they are doing. It can be real easy to just sort of let things happen to your characters, or let them just do stuff. I tend to think of action that occurs before… Continue reading Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

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Publication Does Not a Writer Make (What Exactly Makes a Writer a Writer?)

I was at a writer’s conference not long ago, and one of the speakers said something disturbing. Like most such conferences, there were writers of varying genres present as well as several editors and agents and such. The disturbing speaker was the editor of a Poetry magazine and, while she was encouraging local poets to… Continue reading Publication Does Not a Writer Make (What Exactly Makes a Writer a Writer?)

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The Myth of the “Professional” Writer

Something struck me recently while reading. I am a bit of a nerd, and I actually do read the author interviews at the ends of books. I also read the acknowledgements pages, as well as the author bios, and it is not uncommon for me to be found creeping online for info about whatever writer… Continue reading The Myth of the “Professional” Writer

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The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)

"Fiction is a gateway drug to reading… Once you learn that [reading is pleasurable], you are on the road to reading everything" - Neil Gaiman   This is my first post on this particular site; as a writer you may guess that I've written elsewhere. And that quote is one of my favorites from one… Continue reading The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)