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Brains Don’t Do Random

How do we abandon the concept of being good, or getting it right? How do we train ourselves to produce stories on command? Those are…
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How To Speed Write

Every year, I go to a group of cabins in the mountains on the banks of the Mackenzie River here in Oregon for Ghost Story…

Writing the “Deep Stuff”

When we craft stories, essays or memoir, the “deeper” elements are the last thing on our minds. At least they should be. Concentrate on getting…

A Bubble Off Plumb

“Whatever traits you want the reader to remember need to be magnified and exaggerated, even if only a little bit.”

Listen to Your Story

“I had been neglecting to follow my story’s lead. I’d been so adamant about what I wanted my story to be that I’d ignored the…

Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

“…require that characters deliver their news while climbing three flights of stairs, place a protagonist’s important interview in a too-noisy or sinister location that will…