Writing as Awareness: Forgiving George Orwell

A paradox of fiction writing (and perhaps too of reading) is the power of the storytelling to make us more aware of our real worlds. As the painter studies a subject and seeks to understand each detail of light, color, and shape, so we, when we write, are looking into things' hearts and seeking the... Continue Reading →

Simile, Metaphor, and Symbol: Figurative Language Bootcamp 1―#AuthorToolboxBlogHop

This post is part of October's #AuthorToolboxBlogHop event. Every month, save November and December, we post tips for writers on our respective blogs. Check out other great posts or join the hop yourself here! Figurative language: all those saying-something-we-don't-means, the hyperbole and understatement, bread and butter of the writer, or maybe just the cherry on... Continue Reading →

Growing story ideas

In between novel revisions this winter and spring, I've been working on a few short stories. The more compressed, quicker course of developing and honing these has helped me think about the process and purpose of telling stories, and today I'll share some of what I am learning. Likewise, I would love to hear your... Continue Reading →

Efficient revising: what order is best?

The four faces of revising. Yesterday, I completed a first draft of rewrites to my novel manuscript. It's been three months since I began, thirteen chapters of new material, and copious reworking of the existing. It's a celebration, to be sure, and I'm content to bask in the glory of a milestone passed for a... Continue Reading →

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