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August 27, 2017

Editor's note: This entry was originally published on the author's website on May 1, 2012 and appears here by special permission. -HG

“I’ll read more when I’m dead,” a student joked last week.

He honestly has little time to read, between the work he must generate for MFA classes at the end of the semester, and the work he must do to generate income: kid needs to eat, pay rent, and wear shoes. And it’s not fair to pick on th...

July 24, 2017

Inspiration

There are many things that can inspire a person: a picture, a song, a person, an event, a possibility, even loss and disappointment. Artists draw on the world around them for their ideas. Sometimes something beautiful is born; sometimes something ugly is created. Either way, the expression finds its way out into the world. 

For some writers, like me for instance, inspiration is found in the oddest places. An overhear...

June 26, 2017

Well, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff just shredded everything I knew about writing a novel. Thanks for that. 

I binged their 2015 Illuminae earlier this week, devouring more than a mere kick-ass story, feasting instead on a genre-bending master class.

Not genre as in the type of story (thriller vs science fiction vs romance vs fill-in-the-blank), but genre as in the form of literature. In many ways Illuminae has as much in common...

May 15, 2017

Editor's note: This entry was originally published on the author's website on Sept. 30, 2012 and appears here by special permission. -HG

In class this week, a student presented his craft dissection of DFW’s brief story Incarnations of Burned Children.  He asked us all to re-read the story quickly before we began discussion. Almost immediately, one of the students said she was going to the bathroom; she couldn’t bear t...

Editor's note: This entry was originally published on the author's website on March 31, 2017 and appears here by special permission. -HG

In 2016, I worked in more reading than I had in 2015. I love reading, but for some reason in 2015 I ended up with a bunch of abandoned books (I’m not one of those who feels I must finish reading a book I’m not enjoying).

Not only do I love reading, I know that reading makes me a better wri...

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