Category: Writing Tips

Another Fine Mashup: Why The Heroes of Romantic and Literary Fiction Shouldn’t Live Together

Another Fine Mashup Mess: Why The Heroes of Romantic and Literary Fiction Shouldn’t Live Together

We’re overdue some fun with fictional stereotypes. What would happen to the characters we all know and love if literary genres collided? What if a tortured Romantic Hero were to dwell in tension-filled ennui with the moribund overthinker that is the Literary Fiction Protagonist?

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5 Bloomin’ Rules for Spring-Cleaning Your Overwintered Manuscript

5 Blooming Rules for Spring-Cleaning Your Overwintered Manuscript

On what felt like the first and long-awaited spring day of the year, I think about how the things we do in this season could also be applied to fiction that’s been in hibernation for any period of time.
(And if anyone dares to make a comment about how writing a blog post about something instead of actually doing it is the ultimate procrastination, I will sic Tark and Mara on you.)

Is Your Reading Beating Up Your Writing?

5 Green Rules For Spring-Cleaning an Overwintered Manuscript

We’re told that by far the best training for writers is reading. But what happens when what you’re reading is being a big bully? Tempting you with sweet nothings? Calling you names? Interfering with your confidence and ability to write? I have a conversation with an unbearably smug book to explore the concept, and discover something nasty.

Mr. McGuffin’s Plot Device And Writer Unblocking Emporium

Okay, Fine, We've Been Twisted By Grip-Lit. But What's Next?

3 Writers enter Mr McGuffin’s Plot Device and Writer Unblocking Emporium in dire need of help. Will Mr McGuffin be able to save the tragic lovers of the romance novelist? What’s in the bloodstained suitcase? Just what is going on with the world’s most mysterious dog? And how long can one pun be stretched out over an entire blog post? Click the bait to find out.