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Poetry Forms: Cascade

| November 25, 2019

Today, I’m talking about cascade poems. This is a relatively easy form by the “rules.” You write one stanza. Then the remaining stanzas have the same number of lines as your first stanza, and each one ends with a sequential line from the first stanza. There’s no rhyme scheme to worry about (unless you choose […]

Question from the Audience: De-Trunking a Story

| November 18, 2019

I’m back today with another question from the audience! Do you have any advice on trying to “de-trunk” and resuscitate a story you really liked? Like, how do I know if it’s time? How do I find the good bits without holding onto the ones that just aren’t working? So remember how I talked about […]

Poetry Forms: The Golden Shovel

| October 28, 2019

One of the early forms of poetry I played around with was the golden shovel. The form takes its name from a Terrance Hayes poem, which took its name from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, “We Real Cool,” that includes the line “The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel.” Using Gwendolyn Brooks poems as the […]

Trunking a Story

| October 21, 2019

Previously, I talked about what I do when a story isn’t working. This week, I’m talking about trunking stories. First off, an explanation of this term. A trunked story, is, in simple terms, one you’ve stopped sending out to markets. I suspect the terminology comes from a point when you actually typed (on a typewriter) […]

Guest Post: Avoiding Pratfalls

| October 14, 2019

Hi, I’m Kurt, and I’m invading Dawn’s blog again. I think of myself as a humorist. My published work has been a mix of funny and serious, but my most recent stories and my best stories have been comedies, and even my more serious stories usually have some humorous elements to them. So I thought […]

When a Story Doesn’t Work

| October 7, 2019

When I get an idea for a story, I generally try to see that story through to the end. I’m a firm subscriber to the maxim that “perfect is the opposite of done,” so I try my hardest to get a draft finished before I start poking at it. But sometimes, I get that story […]

Guest Post: History, Alternate History, and Ahistoricity

| September 30, 2019

Today, I’m hosting a guest post from author Laurence Raphael Brothers, who has a few things to say about writing historical fiction, alternate history, and ahistoricity, in relation to his recently released book, Twilight Patrol! ~ When you set out to write a historical novel, of course you don’t want to get anything wrong. Well. Not […]

Writing Lots!

| September 23, 2019

Last week, I hosted a guest post from Kurt Pankau, and he returned the favor by hosting a guest post from me! I wrote about how I’ve increased my writing output and the ways in which I get so much writing done. You can read all about it here!

Guest Post: I’m the Bad Guy, Duh

| September 16, 2019

Hi, I’m Kurt, and I’m doing a guest post here on Dawn’s blog. I write mostly sci-fi, most of it silly, and you can learn more about me here and here. Today, I’m going to talk about bad guys. Let’s say you’re writing a story about a grizzled space marine saving the day from aliens. […]

A Question from the Audience: Starting Stories

| September 9, 2019

I recently had a question from one of my fellow author friends, which I was given with an eye toward blogging about the topic. So here we go. First ever question from the audience! Do you always start writing in the same place? Scene? Character? Descriptions? Dialogue? Start-to-finish? End first and write backward? Write the […]