Category Archives: Writing Advice

Why I Write in Cafes

I’ve been writing a lot in cafes recently. Well, mostly one cafe, but I’ve dallied with others. It’s a nice cafe. It’s located next to a bus stop that has a route to most of the places I want to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Why I Write in Cafes

I’ve been writing a lot in cafes recently. Well, mostly one cafe, but I’ve dallied with others. It’s a nice cafe. It’s located next to a bus stop that has a route to most of the places I want to … Continue reading Continue reading

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How do you handle writer’s block?

There are a few different kinds of writer’s block. One kind is medical. If one of my chronic illnesses is flaring up, I may not be able to write. It’s hard to write through a migraine, for instance. It’s also … Continue reading Continue reading

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In Defense of “Slice of Life” Stories

When I was in college, I insisted that any poem worth its words would have a strong idea behind it–something it wanted to communicate to the reader. I still think that, but I’ve broadened my definition of what an idea … Continue reading Continue reading

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Come break the rules with me! (in a class. on Sunday. with Cat Rambo.)

Consider this your invitation: start (or continue) to Break the Rules with me in less than three days! After Daylight Savings Time is over and the clock falls back, I hope you’ll spend some time with Cat Rambo, me and your writing this Sunday, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Old Stories Into New: Come Take My Class on Retellings!

Hey! Come take my class on retellings! October 7, 2017. (Secret: If you join my newsletter, or sign up for my Patreon at $1 or more a month, you’ll get discounts.) (It used to be called Retellings and Retaleings.) Authors … Continue reading Continue reading

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First Lines Part III: What Can They Do?

Part I: Half a Dozen of My Recent Stories Part II: from Some of My Favorite Stories After giving close reading to a dozen first sentences, half mine and half others, I’m ready to make a list of things that … Continue reading Continue reading

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First Lines Part II: from Some of My Favorite Stories

Part I: Half a Dozen of My Recent Stories Continuing from yesterday’s post, I’m looking at the first lines from some of my favorite stories to see why they work. I picked stories that aren’t very recent, and are either … Continue reading Continue reading

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First Lines Part I: Half a Dozen of My Recent Stories

I decided it might be interesting to look at some of the first lines of my stories. I’m grabbing a half-dozen first lines from some of my recent publications. I’m only looking at stories that are online, so if people … Continue reading Continue reading

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The difference between draft 1 and draft 12ish of “Love Is Never Still”

I thought it might be interesting to look at a passage from my most recent story, “Love Is Never Still,” as it existed in the first and last drafts. By the time I actually publish a story, I’ve often forgotten … Continue reading Continue reading

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