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by Justin C. Key • 9 comments
Can't bring yourself to post your writing on the Internet because you might 'waste it?' Come on in. Let's talk about it....
As stated in a previous post, this year I've focused more on short stories than anything, and I've cranked out quite a few, some of them even good, if I may say so myself. I would very much benefit fr...
by Nina Munteanu • 15 comments
Heroes may be willing or unwilling. Some can be downright unheroic to begin with. Anti-heroes are notably flawed characters who must grow significantly to achieve the status of true hero.
To write a truly compelling story is to resonate with the universal truths of metaphor within the consciousness of humanity. According to scholar and mythologist Joseph Campbell this involves an open...
by Dan Tricarico • 17 comments
Eric Olsen discusses his tenure at the famed Iowa Writers Workshop in conjunction with the release of a new book with partner Glenn Schaeffer.
Eric Olsen visits my blog this week to talk about his new book We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, which he wrote with co-author, Glenn Schaeffer. Ol...
by Justin C. Key • 13 comments
We all know novels and short stories are different. But should the amount of time we have determine which we decide to do?
Or do I? This question has been nagging me lately, as writing time has been limited and I've been experimenting with different forms. I've been able to write a number of short stories (pretty good one...
by Nina Munteanu • 14 comments
The last thing you want to do is create an ending or dénouement that struggles in its conclusions. Ultimately, a story’s ending should conclude the story’s plot and theme satisfactorily to the reader.
Have you ever seen the movie The Party with Peter Sellers? The first scene is priceless. Sellers plays an actor who is shot in a war scene; he subverts the script by refusing to die. His endless death...
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