Craft Matters: On Writing Strong Endings

Craft Matters: On Writing Strong Endings

Most of us labor over getting started. Finding that first sentence, the perfect entry into our story. Or any sentence, for that matter. For God’s sake, just type something! And then the relief when the page is no longer blank. We’ve got some momentum now and the story...
Craft Matters: On Plot and Plotting

Craft Matters: On Plot and Plotting

Character-driven or plot-driven? There seem to be two camps of popular thought when it comes to writing fiction: Character-driven or plot-driven. As if they were mutually exclusive, when most well-written work is a deft blend of both. Just different approaches....
On “Creating” Characters

On “Creating” Characters

The line extended as far as the eye could see, each of us hoping that today we would be among the lucky ones chosen to be part of some writer’s story.   I’ve led many lives; a pregnant teenager, the father of a murdered son – that was a tough one – a prison...

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