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Short Saturday: Creative Storytelling Lessons

I haven’t seen Hamilton, but I know a lot of you are fans—and in this article about the making-of documentary Hamilton’s America, author Charles Wendig offers up storytelling lessons, noting, “there’s nothing more fascinating than watching an interesting creator in the process of creation, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is nothing if not a very interesting creator, […]

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Study This: The Summer Before the War

It’s nearly 500 pages long—and I flew through Helen Simonson’s second novel set in an English village. I never wanted to put it down. Also, it made me angry (on behalf of a character I loved), and it made me cry a couple times. This is a sign that I was fully invested—in the characters, […]

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Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas (Part 10)

Almost three years ago, we were discussing a national poll that asked, “When thinking creatively, do you think in pictures, words, or sounds?” Fifty percent of the respondents said they think in pictures. My answer at the time (need you ask?) was I “think [creatively] in words; I always have a running commentary in my […]

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Little Did She Know About Foreshadowing

Some months ago I read a manuscript that actually used this line: Little did I know I would come to regret those words. No kidding. Me too. I know, I know: you’re just trying to create a little mystery, a little portent. But when I see a line like this— I had no idea how […]

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Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas?
(Part 9)

The photo you see below stopped me in my tracks when I saw it on Facebook about a year ago. It spoke to me.   Some of you may know these friends of mine—twins, their mother, and their aunt—but if you don’t, and if you’re willing to let your imagination roam, you might see a […]

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Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas? (Part 8)

I wrote some fan fiction once. When I was twelve. It was a story about a young girl—she was pretty and smart and clever—who meets the Beatles. (Don’t laugh, now. They were hot—actually, cool—back in the day.) You can imagine who my protagonist was modeled after. :) Of course, back then they didn’t call it […]

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Study This: At the Movies

I read recently that John Harrington, in his book Film And/Is Art, estimated that a third of all movies ever made have been adapted from novels; another writer claims that 51 percent of the top 2,000 films of the last 20 years were adaptations (from novels, short stories, or stage plays). And the most common […]

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Born Storyteller

Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor in Jincy Willett’s 2013 novel Amy Falls Down. She’s traveling by train across the country … That evening Amy decided to take supper in the dining car. The maître d’, a magenta-coiffed young woman whose job it apparently was to segregate the diners according to age, […]

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Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas? (Part 7)

We’ve talked a lot about the ways story ideas pop up. Interpretation of artwork, old family stories, historical or current events … Stephenie Meyer’s claim that it all came to her in a dream is the least interesting method to me, mostly because I don’t really believe it. I mean, sleeping dreams are pretty crazy, […]

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Short Saturday: Not This One

There are days when I think I should send you all on over to the Books & Such blog and just close up shop. Because, honestly, they’ve got great content and they’re all smarter than me. But … I kinda dig my blog. :) So I’ll just keep bringing these posts to your attention. In […]

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