Story Types: The Novel

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there?

This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. We began with short story lengths. Last week, we explored novellas. And today, we will talk about the novel. That will lead into a discussion about National Novel Writing Month. Continue reading

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Indie Author Day

Next Saturday, October 8, 2016, is Indie Author Day. Libraries across the nation will host events related to authors who publish through small independent presses and self-publishing. Besides local events, at 1 pm Central, library communities will be able to participate in a digital program featuring a Q & A with industry leaders. Continue reading

Peaks and Valleys

Rejection can be incredibly painful. In the writing world, it can sometimes be even more so. Our written words come from inside of us, the story we tell, and having it rejected or critiqued is like purposefully baring our souls to the lash.

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A Day at the Writers’ Institute

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison Writers’ Institute. I’ve attended a couple writer’s conferences over the years, but then I went to grad school and had to put fictional writing on hold while I focused on academics. So, getting to attend the conference this weekend felt like stretching my wings again.

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The Vanishing Kidnapper – now an e-book!

The world of e-books has created strong supporters and staunch resistance, especially among writers. Fiction writers tend to be fiction readers and it seems many of us avid fiction readers agree that no matter the cost to our checkbook, getting to hold a book in our hands is worth it. However, being able to pack up ones library by pressing the power button has its allurement, especially when books are overflowing our bookshelves.

Where does that leave the writer who wants to see her book published? Continue reading