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On dialogue

Dialogue is fun to write and fun to read and so it’s no surprise that many writers turn to it to advance their plots and even at times to provide the bulk of their book’s structure. Plato of course famously framed his books in Socratic dialogues and he is considered by many to still be […]

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Titling

There are two main schools of thought on when to give a title to your work in progress, and any number of variations between those poles. The question mainly concerns the timing but there are perhaps some unforeseen consequences that result from the stance you take on the choice, and it is those that this […]

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On intention

A few months back Nick wrote a very interesting post on hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s films, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey. As Nick points out, there are layers of clues and subtle communications within Kubrick’s works, some of which may not have been intended for the average viewer at all but rather aimed at […]

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Hidden meanings and rereadings

What I find particularly interesting about writing fiction is the option to write in multiple layers, an option that we may employ purposefully for any number of reasons or may even make use of by accident. Let me explain what I mean by that. On the surface of course is the main storyline, what happens […]

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TRANS–ATLANTIC, Part 2: Bob

“Trans-Atlantic” by Hamish Spiers continues this week. We’ll be running a new installment each week through summer so be sure to pop back each week.   TRANS–ATLANTIC By Hamish Spiers Part II. Bob A few hours after setting off from Amsterdam, I went to the nearest dining car and had a steak sandwich for lunch. A luxury, […]

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William Blake, Job, and the pictures that haunt us

My comrades here at the Drugstore have just done two posts that lined up well and got me thinking about art, experimentation, and Writing that is not “writing”. If I wore a hat I’d take it off to you Nick and Paul, but I don’t so let me just say that I’m looking forward to […]

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The Goods

If you were looking over a fiction writer’s shoulder as she worked and asked her, “Why are you writing that?” Her various answers might boil down to a rather simple statement, “Because I want to make something good.” Of course, the seeming simplicity of that response is not really so simple. It begs the question, […]

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Reread It? Why?

Mitch Hedberg was a funny guy. One of his jokes is an ideal way to introduce today’s topic. Here’s Mitch: I wrote a script and gave it to a guy who reads scripts. And he read it and said he really likes it, but he thinks I need to rewrite it. I said, “Fuck that, […]

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Grace Purcell Interview: Part 2

(Paul Rogers) Did you encounter any problems with self-publishing? (Grace Purcell) Yes, the formatting was difficult. When the book was uploaded to CreateSpace it often changed the format on some pages and this was challenging to solve. It was my first time using CreateSpace and I am not very familiar with formatting so this presented […]

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Grace Purcell Interview: Part 1

(Paul Rogers) Grace, Reflections On Lives Lost is a non-fiction book. The events depicted actually happened to you, and, of course Nelson. To protect your privacy, Grace is a pseudonym. How about the other characters who appear in the story? Did you change their names, too? (Grace Purcell) Actually all of the characters in the […]

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