Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

Day in the Life of a Window

In Loose Change on December 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm


“The extreme clarity of the desert light
is equaled by the extreme individuation
of desert life forms.”
―Edward Abbey
Desert Solitaire




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Fiction Writing: The Fringe Benefits

In Loose Change on September 8, 2015 at 6:03 am

“Dear writer: We regret to say that your recent submission…”

According to Guy Winch, in his book, Emotional First Aid, “Rejections can cause four distinct psychological wounds, the severity of which depends on the situation and our emotional health at the time. Specifically, rejections elicit emotional pain so sharp it affects our thinking, floods us with anger, erodes our confidence and self-esteem, and destabilizes our fundamental feeling of belonging.”

Yup. That’s why I decided to write fiction. The fringe benefits.



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What to tell people when they ask what your novel is about.

In Loose Change on August 26, 2015 at 6:30 am


“Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful!”
—Samuel Beckett

“Waiting for Godot”



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Fiction Writing Tip: Character Motivation.

In Loose Change on July 31, 2015 at 6:05 am


“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.”
—Samuel Beckett





Writing Tip # 210: How To and Why Should I?

In Loose Change on September 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different worlds on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
— E. Annie Proulx




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Fiction Writing: Dealing With Rejection

In Loose Change on September 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

“I have never taken rejection as an obstacle to my writing. It has remained, at times, an obstacle to my publishing.”
—Frederick Busch


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Fiction Writing: Making the Leap

In Loose Change on September 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

“No one decides that we should answer the call of the muse. If you answer the call, that’s your responsibility”
—Wesley Brown




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Fiction Writing Rules: The Basics

In Loose Change on July 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

“Any fool can make a rule and every fool will follow it.”
—Henry Thoreau




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Fiction Writing Tip # 17: The Blivet

In Loose Change on July 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

“The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.”
—Michael Korda, former Editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster




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Novel Writing Tip # 237: What to Write About.

In Loose Change on June 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

“Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.”
—Carol Shields





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Fiction Writing Tip # 64: Healthy Workhabits

In Loose Change on June 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

“Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal.
Drugs, alcohol or lies.”
—Jean Cocteau


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Fiction Writing Rules No.s 1, 2, & 3: The Novel

In Loose Change on June 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
― W. Somerset Maugham




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Fiction Writing: Dear Contributor…

In Uncauterized on June 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’”
—Saul Bellow





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Writers, what would you grab first in case of fire? Your answer will reveal a lot about you.

In Loose Change on May 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Maike Wetzel of Germany, the Goethe-Institut inaugural writer-in-residence on a cultural exchange in Wellington, New Zealand, has lost chapters from her new novel after thieves stole her laptop from her inner-city cottage.



Writers of all stripes: Excluding loved ones, of course, what would you grab first in case of fire? Your answer will reveal a lot about you.

If you said, “the fire extinguisher,” you are a technical writer.

If you said, “the Policy,” you are an underwriter.

If you said, “the Webster’s,” you are a proofreader.

If you said, “the Writer’s Digest Guide to (whatever),” you are definitely unpublished.

If you said, “my mint-con collectables,” you are an unpublished “speculative fiction” writer.

If you said, “my tender childhood things,” you are in your twenties and in an MFA program.

If you said, “my skateboard,” or, “the keys to my parents’ car,” you are a professional blogger for Huff-Po.

If you said the cat, you are single.

If you said the dog but your spouse said the cat, you will soon be single.

If you said your laptop, you were born before the original Apple Macintosh.

If you said your phone/pad/glass, you were born after Microsoft Windows 1.0.

If you said the emails or the internets, you were born before the Cuban Missile Crisis.

If you said the Royal, the Remington Rand or the Olivetti, you are either a literature professor with tenure and a sclerotic liver, or a hipster with a student loan and a nose stud.

If you said, “The original story was about a theft, not a fire,” you are an editor.




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