Drive Your Story With Fear

What does your character fear? We all know that when moving our stories forward we’re supposed to make things worse for the protagonist.  Is he lost?  Let the sun set, let the rain come. Is he alone?  Find someone to stalk him.  Is she being hunted?  Take away her defenses. Does she need to find a cure? Have […]

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What They Don’t Tell You About Writing

Who are they?   They can be anyone – commencement speakers, mentors, authors at writing conferences, motivational coaches, life experts.  They help inspire us.  They tell us what we can do with our lives, with our writing.  Their words are sweet and move us to action.  They tell us that anybody can be a writer, […]

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The Perfect Opening Line

Starting off right.  It’s important in sports, jobs and interviews, school, relationships, and all sorts of other things.  Unsurprisingly, it’s also important in writing (and every other kind of storytelling).  Sure there are amazing books with opening lines that are yawn-worthy, and sure there are amazing opening lines that lead you into 300 pages of the […]

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11 Pieces of Advice From Writers

1.  “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov 2.  “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith 3.  “Write drunk; edit sober.” – Ernest Hemingway 4.  “It’s none of […]

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Write Well and Be Happy: It’s a Me Monday, Part II

If you’re a happier person, your work will be better.  If work is good, you’ll be a happier person.  Well, crap, right?  That seems like a pretty closed loop.  But what if you aren’t as happy as you’d like to be, and your work isn’t as good as you wish it was? Doing little things […]

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Back to Beginnings

Beginnings are exciting, and I’ve already mentioned that I have a lot of them ahead of me. Beginning of postgrad life, beginning of work, beginning of moving out on my own… but the most important of them all is that, for me, tonight is the beginning of a new book.  My new project is something I’m […]

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I Forgot My Own Birthday

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Fiction All Day, and I forgot about it.  But it’s okay, because this blog is much more forgiving than my girlfriend (who is going to read this post and send me an angry text), and I won’t have to sleep on the couch tonight.  As a consolation prize, the […]

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How Do You Craft During Revision?

What kind of crafter are you?  How do you work the clay?  All at once and hope you don’t get it wrong?  Do you go back a thousand times and make changes?  Do you cut off an entire arm and try to fix a claw in its place? I usually favor funny internet pictures, memes, or […]

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James Cameron on Writing Avatar Sequels

James Cameron on Writing Avatar Sequels Sounds unbelievable.  Makes you want to get into movies, doesn’t it?  Also, 1500 pages of notes on “the world and the cultures and the different clans and different animals and different biomes”?  If only we could all be that detailed, maybe we would win dozens of awards, too.

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June Check In

Happy June everyone.  I wanted to take a second to write a quick check-in post, which I’ll be doing at the beginning of every month now, to let everyone know where I’m at in life and writing, and also so I can get it down in words for myself (read: to make myself feel good). Three Big […]

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