Category Archives: fiction

The importance of being accurate

As writers, the last thing we want to do is pop the complex bubble of unreality that makes up the story enveloping our readers. We never want to dump them abruptly back onto the hard, uneven sidewalk of real life … Continue reading

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Too many projects?

Oh the irony: I write a post about scheduling writing time so as not to feel guilty about writing … and then spend a couple of months doing just about anything except updating this blog! And, while I have two … Continue reading

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To plan or not to plan …

Perhaps the most frustrating part of writing for me is when I know where I want to go with my essay or proposal or story, but can’t see how to get there. Sometimes, I don’t even know how to start. … Continue reading

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Not just a novelist

I have friends who’ve reported reaching 25K, 30K, 40K words on their nanowrimo novels already. Well, I’ve got nearly 1.9K now. Up from 1.2K a week ago. Just. But after taking the latter part of Thursday evening to drive west … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder

Last night marked the peak for this year of the Leonid meteor shower. The past couple of years’ peaks have come and gone behind solid cloud here in Chicago, not an uncommon occurrence this time of year. But yesterday dawned … Continue reading

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Goals are good … except when they aren’t

OK, so here’s my ‘reality bites’ version of nanowrimo reports. November is 4 days old and I’m about 5500 words behind the average nanowrimo writers’ goals for this point in the month. See, to get to about 50,000 words by … Continue reading

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The value of story: road trip

There’s nothing like a 14-hour road trip to make vividly plain the full value of a well-told story. Especially a 14-hour road trip in a five-passenger sedan with five adult passengers, the shortest of whom (me) is 5’6″ tall. Our … Continue reading

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My accidental novel

How can one have a novel by accident? I doubt I’m alone in reaching this achievement, but to get to the point, we need first to backtrack a bit. I wrote one [unpublishable] fanfiction novel a while back, just to … Continue reading

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Jane Yolen on “story”

I was just pointed to this link: http://janeyolen.com/the-alphabetics-of-story/. Jane Yolen is a brilliant storyteller whose novels I love. In this essay from 2000, she lists, with varying levels of detail, the aspects of story she finds important, organized around the … Continue reading

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Thoughts about “story”

Given that this blog is called “Starting Your Story,” we should perhaps consider what we mean by “story.” A story is a narrative. It has a beginning, middle and end. Or, to look at it another way, story consists of … Continue reading

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