Category Archives: Description

The Hunger Games: What Suzanne Collins Did Right

It’s been a long time since I could read a book like a reader and not like a writer. What tense is this in? Whose head are we in? How is the writer handling the backstory? And mostly, DO something. … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up; Week of 11/20/11

My best of the web for writers this week. Hope it’s helpful. Social Media From the Red Pen of Doom guy, who’s name is actually Guy (Bergstrom), on Why Blog Hits DON’T REALLY MATTER. From writer Christina Katz: Platform and … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 6: McCracken’s Barn

Previously, on My Origin Story: I wrote, or rather overwrote, my first novel. Through 7th and 8th grade, I played around with what I called realist writing. I wanted to, in the words of Hemingway, “Write hard and clear about … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 4: The Three Investigators and the Case of the Mary Sue

Previously on My Origin Story: I started a lot of stories in grade school and gradually wrote longer and longer stories. The Three Investigators were teenage boys who ran around solving mysteries. Their HQ was a dilapidated trailer in a … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 3: Fits and Starts

Previously on My Origin Story: I read a lot and ultimately was unsatisfied. Time to write again. In the beginning of 4th grade, my mother and sisters and I moved from rural Minnesota to the big, dry city of Denver. … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 1: White Wing the Dove

All superheroes have their origin story and since writing can be a heroic act, I thought I’d write mine down.  Of course, The Amazing Adventures of… The Novelist! would be about the most boring comic book ever.

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