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February 1, 2017

Part III: Showing vs. Telling
Rue the day you tell what's been shown

For those of us who don’t remember show and tell in kindergarten oh so fondly—I personally recall an unfortunate incident involving a classroom hamster and a certain child’s not-so-captive boa constrictor—we promise that this will be our final installment in this particular series of blogs on Showing vs. […]
January 25, 2017

Part II: Showing vs. Telling
A Closer Look at the Untold Art of Storyshowing

If you’re someone remotely involved with writing in any way you’ve heard the tired adage “show don’t tell” more times than you’d care to relive. And the most terrible thing is that most of the time you heard it, you heard it because someone “told” you. There’s a […]
January 11, 2017
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Make Time for Writing
Thoughts on writing a novel without quitting the day job

Like most novelists, I have a day job. I’m fortunate that my everyday activities are centered around publishing: helping other writers get their books into print, working with beautiful words on interior and e-book design, chatting with authors about the crazy creative life. But most people don’t have […]
November 9, 2016

Book Titles: Trends to Avoid
Self-Publishing expert Morgana Gallaway tells us what to be wary of when naming our novel

There are three important elements of a novel. The story is only one of them. The other two are about connecting readers to that story: the cover, and the title. Just as in fashion, book titles have trends. Titles are a contentious subject for fiction writers; most publishing […]
November 6, 2016

A History of the Great Divide: Literature vs. Genre Fiction
Breathing life into a post-modern Prometheus

I was once involved in a near knock down drag out fight that began with my assertion that John Irving’s The World According to Garp was a great piece of “literature.” The wine-swilling MFA fiction writer seated across from me at the bar took umbrage at the idea that Irving […]
October 26, 2016

Writing With Voice
Editor Shannon Roberts on building your authorial voice in unexpected ways

Confession: When I first started writing, I copied. Not ideas—not consciously anyway—but voice Initially I modeled my work after one of my (at the time) favorite bloggers and web-comic writers, Jerry Holkins. I started to fold in some Terry Pratchett and I sampled from Robert Heinlein. Whenever I […]