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A quick chat about the fields in my submission tracking spreadsheet gives me a chance to share some things I’ve learned in the course of publishing 43 short stories and racking up over 1,200 rejections.
When information is plainly known to a character, but the story intentionally does not make it known to the reader.
Apr 20 '21
What are “literary fiction” and “genre fiction”—and do these classifications even mean anything?
Dec 20 '20
What can literature do that only literature can do?
Jun 17 '20
Point-of-view taxonomies are unhelpful. By no means do they encapsulate all possibilities for narrating a story.
Apr 23 '20
Present tense narration, if done well, works well. Done badly, it works badly. Should we just give up on it?
Feb 01 '20
The beleaguered adverb. One way to defend its use: to condemn its misuse.
Nov 28 '19
Many writers treat the grammatical second person like the missing thirteenth floor in a hotel, a numerical anomaly, skipped without note. But there are some interesting uses for it.
Oct 14 '19
Writers do not need rules. Rather, we need education and guidance—we need to learn how others have written, and how we might.
Jul 15 '19