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Fiction Two Ways

Discussions about craft are important in any medium, but in writing they can be particularly insightful because the they are delivered through the medium in which they seek to explore. My favorites include Stephen King's On Writing and John Gardner's The Art of Fiction, and I recently added James Wood's How Fiction Works to the… Continue reading Fiction Two Ways

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Celebrating the Halfway Point, but then…

The beginning of summer makes me nostalgic and reflective. Maybe it's because my birthday falls near the beginning of the season, or maybe it's because I am a teacher, meaning I've always--aside from a few quick years spent in the real world while I finished graduate school--associated summer with endings. The end of the school… Continue reading Celebrating the Halfway Point, but then…

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Sublime Terror

The summer before my freshman year of high school, I made a deliberate decision to stop playing videogames and collecting comic books. "You'll be in highschool now," I told myself, "and you need to grow up." My self-denial was motivated by a move to a new school where I knew no one; the possibility of being shunned and friendless… Continue reading Sublime Terror

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Get Out of the Way

Stephen King writes that writing, when it's good, is "inspired play" for the writer, and he also claims that stories pretty much make themselves. Yet letting this happen this requires trust. And confidence. Some novice writers imagine themselves as puppeteers, controlling characters in order to make them do their bidding. "Yes, my little pets, we will take over… Continue reading Get Out of the Way