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Writer’s notebook: more on community

I’m coming to the end of a week of unexpected illness, which has made everything very much more difficult. Editing has slowed to a crawl, and the only thing I have been able to work on with much attention is … Continue reading

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Live from CONQuesT: How do you write so fast? (Writer’s Notebook)

This afternoon I participated on a great panel called “How do you write so fast?” about habits of productive writers, alongside Devin Harnois and moderator John Hornor Jacobs. All three of us had taken the vow to write our novel … Continue reading

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Writer’s Notebook: Imitations 2 – Durova excerpt

A couple of years ago, our MnNaNo writer’s group did regular challenges. This one was set, I believe, by Brian (Expatrie on the NaNo boards): Imitate a given passage from another writer. This week’s Writer’s Notebook entry takes up a … Continue reading

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Writer’s Notebook: Imitations 1 – Chandler’s ‘Red Wind’

A couple of years ago, our MnNaNo writer’s group did regular challenges. This one was set, I believe, by Brian (Expatrie on the NaNo boards): Imitate a given passage from another writer. Here’s my rambling notebook entry with the close-reading (aka … Continue reading

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Genre trouble: toneless realism (definition with polemic asides)

Back in 2011, one of my NaNo buddies asked me to define “toneless realism,” which I’d used in the course of critical response. The e-mail I wrote in response is an essay with examples, reproduced here. *** What is toneless realism? … Continue reading

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