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On HEAs (Happily Ever Afters)

Ah yes… the beloved trope. Trope, by the way, is one of those words you shall not speak of except in hushed whispers in serious creative writing programs. 740 more words

How to Create Tension Between Desire and Thought

Every writer knows that it’s important to find a character’s motivating desire, and those desires are often pretty simple: make money, find love, get revenge, get away, get laid. 1,314 more words

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One is only five years old but already feels like something of a relic. It’s an optimistic and uplifting book with an unshakable belief in the power of nerds to do good. 654 more words


All Fiction Is Genre Fiction

What is genre? Look around online or walk into a friendly neighborhood bookstore (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and you might come across the somewhat pejorative title of “genre fiction.” We think of “genre” as something lesser than the elevated bookstore section ambiguously labeled “literature” (whatever that means). 801 more words


Who do you read?

Let’s look at books. Yours. Mine. Your kids’, if you have kids.

How many of those books have people of color in them? How many have Muslim characters? 348 more words


Megamix - Time and Space in Genre Theory

Bakhtin, Mikhail.  The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays.  Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin: University of Texas Press. 1981.
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Boltanski, Luc.  Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels, and the Making of Modern Societies… 1,687 more words

Genre Fiction

How to Write Expansively Instead of In a Straight Line

In my own writing, the number one sign that I’ve lost track of the narrative is that I become locked into a minute-by-minute recitation of what’s happening in the story. 1,287 more words

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