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Story Collections as Novel Prompts

photo adapted / Horia Varlan Many aspiring novelists learn their craft by first writing short stories. This makes oodles of sense: the character’s goal is more immediate, its complications are fewer, and the supporting cast is more manageable. With the end never far from sight, its layers are easier to …

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Parenting Advice, Elevator Pitches, and the Essential Heart of Story

Flickr Creative Commons:: seanbjack When my daughters were little I used to read all kinds of books and magazines filled with parenting advice, looking for the nugget of wisdom that would help me be the best possible parent. One day, I found it: “Don’t forget to smile at your kids.” …

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Mining Reader Reviews for Story Gold

If you’re already a published author, you may not want to do this. It can be painful. Since my novel isn’t published yet, I can do it for you. When my author friends read their Goodreads and Amazon reviews, they often do it with one eye open. Some give up …

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Do You Have a Story Concept, or Just a Cool Idea?

Photo by Theo Crazzolara. I do a lot of brainstorming with writing clients. (At the risk of sounding immodest, I am a champion brainstormer. If there were an Olympic event, I would medal. I adore brainstorming.) Let’s say I have two clients, who have both emailed me that they want …

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Are You Tethered to the Wrong Story?

Please welcome Harper Glenn to Writer Unboxed today! Harper’s with us to share the story behind a work-in-progress, and an illuminating moment that changed everything. Harper was born and raised in Georgia. She’s a lover of vintage brown paper, old cast iron flat irons, cracked mirrors, white sage, old cemeteries …

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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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Your Story Deserves More: Putting in the Time

I have a short post to share with you today with a small but rather important point. We need to take our time while crafting our stories, to say something meaningful, or to craft a story of which we’re proud, whatever that may be. I’ve just ordered a pain au …

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The Value Quotient — Your Core Story and Values

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash After finishing my most recent book, I had to call my mother and warn her that it features a mother she will not like—but that this person has nothing whatsoever to do with her. She laughed and said, “Oh, I know.” I often write …

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Writing Someone Else’s Story

image by Sheng P. My novel The Kitchen Daughter was published in 2011. Seven years is not that long ago, really, but for many reasons, it feels like a different lifetime. The world has changed a great deal in less than a decade, and publishing has changed along with it—in …

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