Monthly Archives: May 2011

Genre Basics Series: Functions

Genres serve several functions, but those functions differ depending on your perspective. Genre helps readers determine the kind of story a novel is and whether it is likely to suit  their  tastes.  For example, a literary story has a very different feel than … Continue reading

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Project: Neuro@Work

I have recently been working on a nonfiction book which I had tentatively entitled Neurodiversity at Work: A Manager’s Guide.  In my mind, I envisioned it as a research-based how-to manual managers could use to open up their organizations to … Continue reading

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Writers’ Resources

“Professional writers don’t read Writer’s Digest,” so said one of my writing instructors.  While I have a great deal of respect for this writer, I must disagree.  Case in point:  This writer is an established professional, but I didn’t find … Continue reading

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Writing with Children

Writing while raising your children requires a special set of skills.  To be your most productive writing self, you will want to develop these special skills concurrently with your other writing skills.  There are many skills to master, and I’m … Continue reading

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Series-ous Thinking

Write what you love. But what if you can’t sell what you love—yet?  I love series’.  Most of what I read simply for pleasure falls under the category of “series.”  Same characters (plus or minus a few) working on the … Continue reading

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Story: Literary vs. Genre

Recently, I have been taking a course called Reading & Writing the Short Story.  The focus of this course is on literary fiction, which is something I don’t usually enjoy.  To clarify, it’s not that I don’t read literary fiction … Continue reading

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Showing

There is a time and place for telling, even in fiction, however showing is much more difficult for many beginning writers, and yet reading what has been shown is often one of the things that inspires us to write in … Continue reading

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