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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Making Things Up


This week, my novel writing students have to think about whether or not they are “Outline People” or “No Outline People,” or (more likely) something in between. I decided to write about this, too. What’s my process? Here’s how I … Continue reading

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Novels to Stories, Stories to Novel


If you’re looking for a way to turn a novel into short stories or (more likely) turn stories into a novel, try these activities. First, novel into stories.  1.) Read “The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge,” a short story by … Continue reading

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What They Learned This Semester


It’s that time of year when our students turn in their portfolios–along with the “reflective essay” in which they articulate what they learned this semester. I love reading them. This term, I asked my students to turn those essays into … Continue reading

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Storyboard Class


There are Two Kinds of Novelists  Outline people (aka “Plotters”) No Outline People (aka “Pantsers,” because they write by the seat of their pants). I am an Outline Person. I was born that way. On Saturday, December 10 from 1-4 … Continue reading

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Memo: Course Descriptions are due for Fall 2011


Are you ready to get serious about leading a Big Thing writing class? I know I am. Here’s my plan for my Advanced Fiction Writing course during Fall 2011. Course Description In this class, all students will be required to … Continue reading

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Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction


Back to the Survey Monkey survey I gave my students on November 16. This is a fairly long post, but that’s because it’s about one of the most important decisions my students had to make. Question 3: How would you … Continue reading

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