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Dissecting Tell the Wolves I’m Home

It is possible that, at the 2016 Writer Unboxed UnConference, every presenter quoted or referred to Carol Rifka Brunt’s novel Tell the Wolves I’m Home, so it was a natural for the WU Breakout Novel Dissectors (BND) group to tackle–one year later, we finally have.  Standard Disclaimers and Explanations: There …

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The Top Five Thanksgiving Day Writing Tips

  Today you wake up, put the coffee on, and think of the long, luxurious weekend of eating and family time and days off from work. It’s Thanksgiving morning, and you couldn’t be happier about it. But as you go about your morning, you start to hear this niggling voice …

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» Bipolar, Lithium, Suicide and The Lost Years of My Life by Jason D. Hill Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

When things are illuminated, life is beautiful. Luminosity is, indeed, a wonderful thing. You are anchored in your body and that body is easy to please. You only have to honor the integrity of your senses. The bad smells bad, and the good is to be luxuriated in. You feel …

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Welcome to the Editor’s Clinic

There’s a limit to what you can learn about writing from reading about it.  Yes, articles can explain techniques you can use or point out traps you might fall into.  They can help you see some aspects of your writing more clearly. But when you try to put all this …

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Reading the World: Translation Is Rising

Image – iStockphoto: Runna Where Politics Can’t Stop Us A funny thing happened on the way to isolationism. Some in the business believe there’s new interest in work from other languages. I’m hopeful that some of what’s lost in the dynamics of vulgar nationalism can be found in translation. Threatened …

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» Up the Garden Path by Avis Hickman-Gibb Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

Janice wasn’t ready; and she’d been sure she would be. So far, she’d stuck precisely to her plan. Content continues after advertisement “Make a plan, have a countdown list to check-off. Work through it steadily. You’ll do it Janice, I’m sure. I have faith in you.” Her therapist had told …

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(Too) Close Third Person

I recently received a critique of a work in progress that suggested I alter the point of view (POV) from distant third person to close third person. It was good advice, but it meant facing another rewrite of what I thought was a completed manuscript. I told myself I could …

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