Reader Preferences: When a Literary Problem Becomes a Genre Fiction’s Convention

Reader Preferences: When a Literary Problem Becomes a Genre Fiction’s Convention

It’s no surprise that I read widely. I’m willing to pick up anything and everything made up of words that you can find out there. Whether I’ll end up liking it is a different story, but I’m not that hard […]

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Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

In many things, intention does not count. Unexamined bias? Harmful stereotypes? The best of intentions can not fix these things. But you intend something when you write a story. Maybe you intend some deep, profound statement. Maybe it’s a general sense […]

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Tough to Tackle Reads: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Tough to Tackle Reads: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

My second edition of Tough to Tackle Reads is not quite the bang that Gone with the Wind was, but I think I still managed to pick a doozy. It’s difficult to think of a way to start discussing Joseph […]

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Writing Nonfiction: Small Stories and the Big Truth

Writing Nonfiction: Small Stories and the Big Truth

Writing nonfiction has been on my mind a lot recently. I’ve written a nonfiction book, and I’ve written here on the Anxiety Ink blog for over three years. And I want to write more–but I’m not sure what on yet. […]

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Writing Paralysis by Over-Analysis

Writing Paralysis by Over-Analysis

In James Scott Bell’s new book on writing, Just Write, he has a whole section devoted to writer life. Flipping through, I found the header on writing paralysis caused by over-analysis. Arguably, this is the reason why writing books aren’t […]

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Strategic Narration of a Tough Topic

Strategic Narration of a Tough Topic

A while back, and I’m talking months back, my Goodreads Quote of the Day arrived in my inbox with the following: Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.  Emma Donoghue Happy birthday, Emma Donoghue! The Irish-born novelist […]

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