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Search-and-Destroy, or Search-and-Employ?

Please welcome guest Barbara Linn Probst back to WU today! Barbara is a writer, teacher, researcher, and clinician living on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley. She holds a PhD in clinical social work and is a dedicated amateur pianist. She is also the author of When …

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Editing Opening Pages for Instant Involvement

Ray’s post today is part of the “All the King’s Editors” series, where an editor from the Writer Unboxed contributor team edits manuscript pages submitted by a member of the WU community. Each participating editor approaches a submission in a unique way, and speaks only for him or herself. Remember, …

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Writing for Audiobook

Do you love audio books?  Maybe you like to devour the latest epic fantasy novel while you’re on an equally epic road trip, or let a new thriller by your favourite writer entertain you during a boring but necessary house clean. Maybe you have a child who adores the Harry …

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Mything the Point

“Myth is the garment of mystery.” – Thomas Mann, Joseph and His Brothers Last week, Donald Maass posted one of his predictably fascinating and eminently useful posts on the subject of awe in fiction, and how to create “marker moments” within a story that, well, let me use his own …

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Unifying Your Story around a Meaningful Theme

Please welcome Jeanne Cavelos back to Writer Unboxed today! Jeanne is the director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to helping writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work. More from her bio: Jeanne began her professional life as an astrophysicist working at …

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In South Louisiana, They Will Feed Your (Sensory) Senses

Photo Credit: Chris Goldberg “Beignets at Cafe du Monde – French Quarter – New Orleans, Louisiana” I spent a good many years hiding in books—whether writing them or reading them. Basically, I hid. Like a little coward. I recognize how afraid of everything and everyone I have been. I’m still …

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Hope, Reality, and the Balancing Act

Photo by Ron Smith on Unsplash I’ve been thinking about hope a lot lately. As it pertains to the world in general and writers in particular. Even the most cynical among us hold out hope for something. Hope is what gets us up in the morning. It compels us to …

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How to Recognize the Finish Line

photo adapted / Horia Varlan A story a dancer once told me: It’s opening night. Six dancers wait in the wings, nerves taut. Their entrance is imminent—the overture has begun and they are counting the music—when the choreographer, heeding an infamous penchant for change, rushes over to them aflame with …

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What a Cathedral is Not

Flickr Creative Commons: spec.B Have you ever walked into a Medieval cathedral? Architecturally speaking, they are engineering marvels.  Heavy stone buttresses support soaring vault arches of many types: barrel, groin, rib, fan. Cathedrals have many parts, each offering a different experience of the divine.  There is the narthex in which …

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Tipping Points (and also: VOTE)

It’s Election Day in the U.S., which you surely know unless you’re living under a sound-proof stone that hasn’t been picked up and thrown at someone. Hard to believe that a few short years ago many of us rarely expressed controversial opinions, choosing to be ‘polite’ rather than overtly ‘political,’ …

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