Category Archives: Art & Craft

Fiction and story

Fiction and Story What is story? Here’s one. A homeless man in Monterey, California has two beloved dogs, one of which dies. He gets a new dog. Here’s another story. A homeless man has two beloved dogs, one of which … Continue reading

Write small to tell a big story

Regardless of what inspires you to write or what causes a story idea to jump into your head, readers want to know you write with authority ─ that is to say, you are in control of language, structure, character, story … Continue reading

Great fiction is rooted in craft

You’re alive with the story unfolding inside your head. The blank page is so clear, the screen so empty and bright, your paper so fresh and white. And then you go and ruin it by writing on it. You have … Continue reading

Fiction is all about hope

One morning, as I was hiking the Monterey dunes, a homeless man arose from his sleeping bag in a hollow of sand and turned toward the sea. Young, with face bronzed by the sun, voice full of anguish, he stretched … Continue reading

Common elements of literary fiction

If you’re trying to write fiction that lasts and tell the readers their stories, consider some of the elements mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell believed common to stories found all over the world: fear of death; need for love and … Continue reading

Write for the reader

Your writing’s fantastic, so exquisite, you think, there’s no question it will elevate the reader to love and hope or reduce him to tears. Maybe because you’re so moved by your characters your head’s on the table in a flood … Continue reading

Write fiction to last

This is for every writer who gets up early in the morning to write stories before going to work, for the writer who takes a boring job that pays barely enough to cover the rent ─ say night attendant in … Continue reading

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