Tag: Craft of Fiction

The Musicality of Prose (or Writing in the Lyric Register)

The Musicality of Prose (or Writing in the Lyric Register)

Much to my father’s chagrin, I studied poetry in college. Yes, I’m that guy. What’s worse, I studied it at the post-grad level as well. Pops likes to remind me that poetry is what people write when they can’t write novels. I like to say 

Bigger, Brighter, Better

Bigger, Brighter, Better

Reason #419 why my wife is amazing: She won a family get away at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. Assuming you have even the slightest familiarity with Vegas, you’ll understand the city’s about as subtle as a Michael Bay film. Everything has to be 

Last Lines Like Flashlights

Last Lines Like Flashlights

If you’ve followed my blog much, you’ll know how much importance I put on the first line. Just as important, and just as tricky, is the final line. If I could make one observation from my years as a literary editor, I’d say that the 

Happy, Horrifying, and Harried Holidays

Happy, Horrifying, and Harried Holidays

As we delve headlong into another holiday season (Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, New Years etc…), I hope you and your family have an amazingly wonderful and restful time. But I’m also aware that they holidays can be just as stressful as they are 

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

    I’m a little late on this one, but I’m curious how many of you are participating in “National Novel Writing Month.” I’ve actually never done so, but have had several students who have. Here’s the basic idea, if you’re unfamiliar with it: The 

Bringing Back the Mixed-Tape

Bringing Back the Mixed-Tape

Hey, remember cassette tapes? Good times. Back in the day, mixed-tapes were all the rage. What better way to say “I love you,” than a tape filled with your loved one’s favorite tunes? When I was in high-school, the mixed-tape was a required prerequisite to 

Bringing Back the Mixed-Tape

Bringing Back the Mixed-Tape

Hey, remember cassette tapes? Good times. Back in the day, mixed-tapes were all the rage. What better way to say “I love you,” than a tape filled with your loved one’s favorite tunes? When I was in high-school, the mixed-tape was a required prerequisite to 

Writing Like Snowflakes

Writing Like Snowflakes

Randy Ingermanson put up a great guide for how to write a novel using what he calls the “snowflake” method. In his introduction, he mentions that the method won’t work for every writer. However, the method is sound. Take a few moments, hop over to 

Making Meta-Fiction

Making Meta-Fiction

I’ll take a quick break from the normal literary-technique type blog to do something a little more fun. Pardon my informality. If you’re not sure what meta-fiction is, I’ll boil it down for you. Simply put, meta-fiction is any story that is aware of itself, 

Approaching the Blank Page

Approaching the Blank Page

“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair…the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready