Tag Archives: novels

Sanctuary

It’s that time of year. AWP 2015 has arrived; I’m writing this now from my third-floor hotel room, looking out over Washington Ave., in Minneapolis. Emphasis not on Minneapolis, although it’s nice to be out of Indiana for a bit, … Continue reading

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What Big Teeth You Have

I’ve mentioned before the fiction workshop I’m taking this semester, specializing in linked stories. (If you want to follow along with the course, check out our class blog.) The basic idea of linked stories is that they’re too connected to … Continue reading

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Pulpy Marshmallows (or, how I became an embittered novelist)

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. Cathy Day is the reason I applied to the graduate program I started today, and although she isn’t the sole reason I picked it over the others that accepted me, she is … Continue reading

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The Gobi Desert (or, by the end of this post, you’ll be glad I chose the camel image)

Edith Wharton, late in her writing career, wrote: What is writing a novel like? 1. The beginning: A ride through a spring wood. 2. The middle: The Gobi Desert. 3. The end: A night with a lover. I am now … Continue reading

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Scapple

Last time, I talked/gushed about Literature and Latte’s application Scrivener. Not so long ago, I decided to try out another program of theirs, Scapple. The basic premise: Scapple lets you put down ideas, make connections between them, shift them around, … Continue reading

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