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March 2013

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How I Wrote A Novel Without An Outline

I’ve often referred to writing fiction without an outline as mining a story buried inside the earth of imagination. My friend Billie Hinton speaks of this concept with the metaphor of archaeology  She describes this process like excavation of a story. Each element unearthed is part of a whole that is …

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Jealousy and the Writer

You’ve probably read a few. They’re common on Amazon and other consumer book review sites. You’ll sometimes read them in respected print publications, too. They pick at elements of plot, character, setting, and pacing with razor-sharp talons. They shred themes and pummel prose. They may even be right in their …