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Three approaches to writing fiction: Patience, violence, magic

Fiction works by connecting with readers’ existing beliefs and leading them to new beliefs (even if those new beliefs only apply within the fictional world). Writers need to be aware of the scope of their ability to touch their readers’ beliefs. Here, I mention…

Facing the blank page

How does a novelist begin a new tale? Here’s a couple ideas. In On Writing, Stephen King says that his books “tend to be based on situation rather than story….I want to put a group of characters (perhaps a pair; perhaps even just one)…

Floor coffee

When there is floor coffee, it’s a sign that my writing is fruitful. This is the day when I am working on at least three books at the same time. If you were to hear me speak this phrase “floor coffee” aloud, you might…