Craft of Writing

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Does Memory Really Work That Way?

This blog post originally ran on the Tahoma Literary Review web site. It’s a common technique among short story writers: develop background and depth by triggering a character’s memories. We’ve all seen it—an unusual or profound sensory moment brings on a flood of recollection, often from childhood; scenes from events, vivid colors and emotions that … Continue reading

I Do Some of My Best Writing When I’m Not Writing

Republished from March 23, 2013. Since I no longer blog regularly, I thought it might be a good idea to bring back some of my more popular posts from the past four years. I remember I was reading a book when I thought of the resolution to my latest novel. The ending for one of … Continue reading

In Praise of Writers Past

Curtain Calls update: My review from Kirkus should arrive any day now. I hear it in my mind like a ticking clock, or is that a ticking bomb? I’m also looking for readers to provide reviews to Amazon and Goodreads. If you’d like a free ARC for your Kindle, e-reader, or print copy in return … Continue reading

Do you Feel a Draft When You Write?

What is considered a draft of a piece of writing? In a CNN article, Todd Leopold writes that when Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan writes a novel, it may go through fifty or sixty drafts. Robert Boswell says, “I revise a lot. I write thirty, forty, fifty drafts of every story.” He saves every one … Continue reading

Real World News Derailing My Fiction

I should start writing fantasies. Two weeks ago I finished what I hope is the final draft of a story that takes place in an exclusive New York condo tower. I was inspired to write it by an ad that appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine for a building with units priced from … Continue reading

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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