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HOW CHARACTERS SEE THEMSELVES IN RELATION TO OTHER CHARACTERS

In Joe M. McDermott’s novel The Fortress at the End of Time, Ensign Aldo has just come to a remote space station. The commanding officer is a bit of a fallen tyrant, but still, young Aldo thinks: I felt alone, … Continue reading

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A LITTLE ABOUT ENDINGS

I’ve written about starting a novel or short story, and what you might need to know or do to get started writing or what elements readers will respond to in the first sentence, paragraph, or page, but I’ve written very … Continue reading

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MOVING FORWARD WITH BACKWARD

As a copy editor, I’ve changed the word backwards to backward probably ten thousand times. Like the word towards, which I whined about in detail for other reasons, the difference between backward and backwards is likewise symbolized by the Atlantic … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR, 2017

Well, it’s Thanksgiving week again here in America, and though I’ve skipped this post three out of the past nine years, I thought this year deserved a more considered essay than last year’s outburst. And indeed, this year there’s been … Continue reading

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WHAT READERS DO WITH YOUR WRITING

A little bit ago, I wrote a post on the subject of theme—what your book is really about. There I suggested you think, in reasonably concrete terms, what you’re actually trying to say with your novel. Then move forward with … Continue reading

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IF AREA EDITOR READS A POINTLESS TRAINING SESSION ONE MORE TIME

With a nod to the Onion… I’m trying not to fly off the handle, but please indulge me, at least at first, in a bit of tough love. If your current work in progress contains a scene, or worse, a … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON LESTER DENT’S “WAVE THOSE TAGS”

If you haven’t read the complete text of the original essay, go back to Lester Dent’s Wave Those Tags, Part 1: Find a Name to get caught up. Having read what pulp fiction maestro Lester Dent had to say on … Continue reading

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