Monthly Archives: January 2014

Plotting the plot

I’m excited for class #2 at StoryStudio Chicago tonight. We’ll be diving into the mechanics of plot in fiction, and using Rebecca Makkai’s fantastic “Painted Ocean, Painted Ships” from the 2010 edition of Best American Short Stories to guide our … Continue reading

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Freewriting

As I’ve been preparing to teach this fiction writing course, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the writing process. One of the books I’ve been perusing for teaching ideas is “Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft” by … Continue reading

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2014

I spent a lovely, frosty New Year’s Eve with friends of ours, and in the background, we watched the yahoos in Times Square losing their collective shit as a ball slid down a pole.  I was amused by the unbridled … Continue reading

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