I'm abandoning the embarrassment of having a "...is awesome" set of posts. If I find awesome stuff, I want to share it. Less is a novel by Andrew Sean Greer, and it won the Pulitzer Prize this year. I've been steering clear of prizewinners over the past few years, because the politics of who wins… Continue reading Less is Awesome
One of the most important things we can do as writers is to acknowledge our weaknesses and then work on them. I think too often we get comfortable with "our thing" and then try to hide our weaknesses by going all in on our strength. I've spent an enormous amount of time over the past… Continue reading The Character/Caricature Balance
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. When I came up with the idea to do a romance for this series, I was tempted to pick a modern romance novel, but thousands come out each year. Even looking at some "best of" lists,… Continue reading Why It Works: You’ve Got Mail
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Time travel sucks as a genre. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Yes, the whole genre. Everyone knows about the grandfather paradox: if you travel back in time and kill your grandfather before… Continue reading Why It Works: Primer
If you've been coming here awhile, then you're probably somewhat interested in prose style. I've turned some of my blog posts and personal notes from the past ten years of doing this into a short (Kindle) e-book. They've been edited and expanded with examples, so nothing should be an exact replica of what you've read… Continue reading Free Book on Style
Even her books for adults, written under the name Robert Galbraith, have terrible prose style. Her sentences contain missing clauses, poor construction, confused tense and point of view, imprecise descriptions, and poor word choice.
Today we dive into the short fiction of George Saunders. Saunders made it in the literary world on short fiction alone. He might be the only person I know of to do this. His first novel came out earlier this year and that was twenty-one years after his first story collection (and novella). I can't… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 8: Tenth of December