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What More Could You Ask?

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How Do You Start a Novel?

Note: For the NaNoWriMo writers who find your way here, Bob Ray has posted a “Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo” on Bob and Jack’s Writing Blog. Check it out. I get this question a lot when readers tear into one of … Continue reading

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How The Memory Plot Track Started in Blood

I first thought about the problem of memory and how we know what words mean a few years ago. In Blood, I decided to make memory a central plot track. So, as Mitch writes his story, The Patron Saint of … Continue reading

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Mitch is Free

Pamela Hobart Carter–writer, poet, playwright, actress, most organized person I’ve ever met–read a pre-pub release of Blood. She sent me this note just to make me feel good. Mitch is free! No more cage for him. I have never read … Continue reading

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Will Theory Kill Writing?

Can writers theorize about writing without dying? Or, is theory best left to philosophers leaving writing to the writers? In Degrée Zero de l’écriture, Roland Barthes breaks us up into two categories: Ecrivants—who write about things and whose language is … Continue reading

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Art of the Cut To Technique

From: Jack Remick] Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 4:30 PM To: Vladimir Subject: cut to Vlado, Look at cut to as a technique you use to get control of a story. It’s not an end point. It’s a passing technique … Continue reading

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Quoted on the web

Dal Jeanis in Dallas, TX has a blog called White Flow. He’s interested in the moment of release that Natalie Goldberg talks about in “Bones” and “Wild Mind”– Lose Control, Don’t Think. He found this in a piece I wrote … Continue reading

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Solving First Person Narrative

The Writer Continues his Conversation with Himself because no one is reading his Blog. 5-15-2008 Louisa’s Café Today I write about what I don’t know–The challenge of voice in a First Person Narrative. I have two problems: 1. The Voice … Continue reading

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