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Category Archives: Fiction

Where have all the well-read writers gone?

Once upon a time reading was the fertile bed for emerging writers. The two were inexorably linked and their natural habitats were public libraries and bookstores. Many came from homes where reading was a priority. Others had teachers or librarians who knew how books could release the imagination. Life is different now. So are the…

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Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…

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What makes a good novel?

Writers want to learn how to write a good novel but perhaps they should focus on what makes up a good read. It’s a subtle shift in perception–a change in point of view–but one that offers some insight into the various techniques needed to craft an artful work of fiction. A good read for me…

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How the tale is told: viewpoint

Slipping in and out of point of view is not an uncommon problem for new and advanced fiction writers. In fact, point of view can often become a point of contention among writers. There are those who are strict and maintain a writer should remain within one point of view for an entire chapter, others…

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First words, tone, and Alice Hoffman’s Turtle Moon

As much as first words have an important part to play in an opening parlay with the reader, so also does tone. The swift, rapid-fire play of dialogue or the quiet, slightly sarcastic, wry wording of a paragraph can help establish the mood of what is to come. When Alice Hoffman began the tale of,…

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The Chick Lit Challenge

Before you get too excited, know we are not talking chewing gum here. Nope, it’s the latest hot trend in women’s fiction that inspires today’s post. Chick lit imprints have been popping up across the literary landscape and female readers have been grabbing the books as fast as their spines hit the shelves. As I…

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Calling writers afflicted with mystery book-lover addiction

If you love those hard-boiled heroes and cozy cat mysteries, then the Southwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America may have just the right conference. The Hard-boiled Heroes and Cozy Cats 2004 Conference is aimed toward helping you write in any mystery sub-genre and will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2004 from 8:30 am…

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