My First Novel

My First Novel 0

Back at the beginning of April I started work on a novel. This is not the first time I’ve tried working on a project of this length—in fact, I’ve started at least three novels, two of which were meant to be part of epic series. One of these previous attempts got three or four chapters [...]

Key Details in a Story

Key Details in a Story 0

Over lunch, a writer friend and I were discussing our recent efforts – his first novel (specifically his first chapter), and a short story idea of mine – and the topic of details came up. I was beating him up just a little bit because I felt he was over detailing his chapter, and ultimately [...]

The Life of a Story

The Life of a Story 0

Stories are funny things – they come at you at the most inopportune times, often giving you only a brief glimpse of what it could be, like the profile of a wrapped present not boxed, hinting at the goodness (or often strangeness) within. I find many of my stories in the shower (Stephen King had [...]

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