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How to Begin and End Chapters

Most writers have a sense for how a novel is structured. But what about chapters? We tend to make a few common mistakes, like beginning a chapter with a character waking up and ending it with the character going to bed (or getting knocked unconscious). 1,073 more words

Creative Writing Prompts

My Superpower: KJ Kabza

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. 481 more words

Genre Fiction

Summer House With Swimming Pool

Review #18: Fiction

Blogging for Books #3

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

I haven’t read any of Herman Koch’s previous work, but apparently he is known for his unlikable characters, and on this point, his fans won’t be disappointed. 942 more words

Book Review

#25. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) -- A Shoot the WISB Subcast (w/ fixed audio file)

Space rodents, emo fanatics, and dancing Groots, oh my!  In her first episode as an official member of the crew, Rachael Acks joins Shaun, Paul, and David to discuss the smash hit,  108 more words

Genre Fiction

flash fiction challenge - spammerpunk

Ok, I decided to go for a quick turnaround this week. The flash fiction challenge at terribleminds is as follows:

“So, I’ve been getting some weird spam comments and emails these days. 577 more words


Traction? What Traction?

Well, dag nab it. I’m currently drooping over the fact that I’ve lost all momentum – what little I had, anyway – with my WIP. I’ve set aside still-in-progress work in the past, the most drastic example being… 387 more words

Genre Fiction

Genre fiction vs. Literary fiction - Can’t we all get along?

I’m pissed right now. Really really pissed.

If you read what I just read, you’re be pissed too. See for yourself:

How does seemingly climb into our heads—and not even “our heads” but “my head,” because it feels so personal, so specific—without actually knowing us or our circumstances, and from that vantage point proceed to unfold a narrative that we are certain was written only with us, only with me in mind?

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Writing Life

christineplouvier reblogged this on Christine Plouvier, Novelist and commented:

There is so much about my writing that is genre, and so much about it that is literary, that it is impossible for me to "market" it, because so many people have bought into the notion that all writing needs to be labeled, when the truth is that the labels were invented, and their inventors are trying to get all writing to be made in the image of those labels, which in and of themselves are meaningless.

Life is not lived in one dimension: it is a continual mix of sagacity and silliness, of profundity and pettiness, of rousing dreams and daunting realities; so why should the Art that possesses the most power to express Life be any different? And yet, Authors as Artists are bound and gagged by the expectation that they will censor their communication, in conformance with discrete categories. Other Artists and forms of Artistic self-expression do not submit to obiter dicta that polarize and isolate them and their works in this manner.

And so, in order to cope with this conundrum, I have had to come up with an appropriate label on my own: Fusion Fiction. I do not call it a label “of” my own, for I am not the only writer who has endured this dilemma, and I do not want it to be "my" label, but for it to be adopted by the multitude of writers whose voices are not heard because their unique works are hidden by the system.