Category: about writing

  • Amazing Poetry – Dominique Christina – “The Period Poem”

    So beautiful I watched it twice.

  • It’s a Plot

    Larry Brooks at Storyfix has a good explanation of plot, and why stories need one [Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You] Plot is the creation of character and dramatic dynamics that lead to, point toward, that call for, that require… resolution. A story in any genre (other than literary) […]

  • Interesting read: Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors

    Flavorwire: Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors I have a stash of these types of images in my writing reference folder, but Flavorwire links to some I haven’t seen yet. Diving down into the individual [via] links to the original articles on each chart is a must – Without it I wouldn’t have landed […]

  • Charles Dickens and Character Names in Bleak House

    Bleak House is a giant tome (it clocks in at 360,947 words!) and is regarded as one of Charles Dicken’s finest works. One of the things that I’ve always loved about Charles Dickens’ books which struck me again while watching the 2005 BBC series of Bleak House was how evocative Dickens’ characters & places names […]

  • David Foster Wallace: This is Water

    A condensed version of the commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005, set to video. You can read the whole of the commencement address here at the Economist’s Intelligent Life. And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of […]

  • List of linguistic example sentences

    Via wikipedia – List of linguistic example sentences From the “grammar is fun” section of wikipedia, the page includes sentences that explain: Lexical ambiguity: Will Will will Will’s will to Will? (Will Will [a person] will [bequeath] Will’s [second person] will [a document] to Will [a third person]? Alternatively, “Will Will will Will’s will?” Also, […]

  • The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley and His Corporate Hoboes

    From Mother Jones: The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley and His Corporate Hoboes. A long article about a rich adventurer dude name Bo Keeley who leads corporate honchos on adventure travel like a goddamned hobo. This is what rich white guys do when they have too much money and free time – pretend […]

  • Parataxis

    Parataxis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Parataxis is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions. Examples Perhaps the best-known use of parataxis is Julius Caesar’s famous quote, “Veni, vidi, vici” or, “I came, I saw, I conquered”. An extreme example is […]

  • Iron Writer Challenge: Accepted

    I signed up for the Iron Writer Challenge, and will be competing on February 12th. How it works – 5 authors each write a 500 word flash fiction story in a 4 day span of time including 4 required elements (example: 1968 Elvis Presley Comeback Special, Someone mowing/cutting grass, A note left on a car, […]

  • Fiction Writer’s Cheat Sheet

    Cribbed from the internet – It appears to be the creation of author Emily Breder.

  • Quotes: no one loves chili dogs that much

    Gillian Flynn in Gone Girl: Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs […]

  • Quotes: Distant Fog

    Lemony Snicket: I will love you as a thief loves a gallery and as a crow loves a murder, as a cloud loves bats and as a range loves braes. I will love you as misfortune loves orphans, as fire loves innocence and as justice loves to sit and watch while everything goes wrong. I […]

  • NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner

    This is my fourth consecutive win. It sort of feels a little less-satisfying that the others. For one thing, I’m writing something that’s intensely personal, so I kind of felt pretty drained by it. Also, there was a lot of research involved because it’s historical fiction, so even when I wasn’t writing, the topic was […]

  • Publisher’s Weekly: The Top 10 Essays Since 1950

    From Publisher’s Weekly: The Top 10 Essays Since 1950. Robert Atwan, the founder of The Best American Essays series, picks the 10 best essays of the postwar period. Links to the essays are provided when available. Fortunately, when I worked with Joyce Carol Oates on The Best American Essays of the Century (that’s the last […]

  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

    A really excellent essay by Jeremy Collins at SBNation.com – Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux. Worth a read.

  • East of the Sun and West of the Moon

    Wikipedia: “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” is a Norwegian folk tale. The White Bear approaches a poor peasant and asks if he will give him his youngest daughter; in return, he will make the man rich. The girl is reluctant, so the peasant asks the bear to return, and persuades her […]

  • Powerful Essay on the World Trade Center Attacks

    By Steve Kandell on Buzzfeed [The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction]: The fact that everyone else here has VIP status grimly similar to mine is the lone saving grace; the prospect of experiencing this stroll down waking nightmare lane with tuned-out schoolkids or spectacle-seekers would be too much. […]

  • Writing off Jennifer Weiner

    I don’t know how it’s possible, but after reading this New Yorker profile “Written Off” by Rebecca Mead, I love Jennifer Weiner more than I did before reading it, although it’s widely being described as “a take-down” piece. The profile starts out fine, but about half-way through, the paragraph that starts “Weiner has also taken […]

  • Winner Winner, Turkey Dinner – 2013 NaNoWriMo Finish

    50,119 Words, validated, means that I “win” National Novel Writing Month. I’m very grateful to Stephanie, who has been really supportive of me doing this, even though she’s had a lot of difficulties going on right now. We’re adjusting to her lengthy commute to her new job and a family illness, so it’s been a […]

  • Conceit via. Wikipedia

    via Wikipedia, Conceit: In literature, a conceit is an extended metaphor with a complex logic that governs a poetic passage or entire poem. By juxtaposing, usurping and manipulating images and ideas in surprising ways, a conceit invites the reader into a more sophisticated understanding of an object of comparison. Extended conceits in English are part […]