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Oct.09.2013
Creative Nonfiction, Summer 2013, Issue 49     This issue of Lee Gutkind’s fine nonfiction mag is thematically about “Survival and Unlikely Events,” but the most impressive bits here are some tips for nonfiction writers. But don’t surf on just yet, fiction-er; these can apply in general...
christopher-meeks's picture
Sep.01.2013
When I first started writing, I aimed to be a “serious young writer,” which is why after working as a stock clerk at a Hollywood camera store and then as a tile salesman in the San Fernando Valley, I joined an MFA writing program at USC. I adored my time at the university and made good friends...
terry-odell's picture
Aug.08.2013
  Today I’ll recap Steven James’s work­shop: “Story Trumps Struc­ture: How to Dis­card Your Out­line and Write Bet­ter Sto­ries.” He referred to his writ­ing process as “organic” (because he didn’t like the term “pantser.”) The keys to writ­ing a good book...
raissa-falgui's picture
Jul.11.2013
I have compared writing fiction to a puzzle. Perhaps the type of puzzle it most closely resembles is one of those little square sliding puzzles. It is interesting how we play with a sliding puzzle. It comes to us correct, all pieces in place. We ourselves must mix them up, create the complication,...
bob-mustin's picture
May.31.2013
      Poets & Writers, May/June 2013   These days I’m more interested in learning/ discovering how to wedge a place for myself in the publishing game, but there was once a time when writerly chops were hardly developed. And P&W is as good a source as any for fostering...
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Dec.21.2012
Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese image via schulerbooks.wordpress.com This is an ambitious project. And like many ambitious novels, Cutting For Stone walks a tightrope between admission to the literary canon and the agony of reaching too high. Perhaps only history itself is the...
raissa-falgui's picture
Sep.16.2012
Just watched Inception on DVD. It's about someone who influences dreams as his business. An interesting concept and the dreams work out beautifully visually but ultimately everything would make more sense written as a book, I think. This is because the filmmaker missed out on one crucial fact: that...
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Jun.21.2011
I teach plot to writers. Back in the 90s, I had the idea to write Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple, my first book and rather than go the traditional route of querying an agent in hopes of securing a national publisher, I formed my own publishing company: Illusion Press. The writers I worked with...
christopher-meeks's picture
Jun.12.2011
I might even go farther and ask what do I want from any story? I happened to see two films this week, Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or-winning The Tree of Life and Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs, co-written with frequent partner Marshall Herskovitz and Charles Randolph. I liked both movies and yet...
kirsten-imani-kasai's picture
Apr.23.2010
I used to be a "discovery writer." Oddly enough, I didn't even know there was a name for my writing style until just a couple of years ago, so far into my rabbit hole was I. Back then, I began a book or story on the strength of a head full of images, voices, snippets of plot and...