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David Gates' "Locals"

A wonderfully conversational story by David Gates in the Fall 2014 issue of The Paris Review has me thinking about the many manifestations of effective dialogue in fiction. 192 more words


Magical Realism: How Much Is Realism?

Magical realism: the books in which anything can be real. Flower petals miraculously falling from the sky, never-ending psychic bloodlines, rose gardens that spit up children’s bones. 1,356 more words


Book Review: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

A major challenge I face in my work-in-progress is to convey the emotions of my main character in an effective way. Discussions with my critique partners led me to discover a great resource, The Emotion Thesaurus, by authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. 320 more words