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GWS Links for Writers: Righting Crime Fiction and Law and Fiction (Thanks to Bill Crider)
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GWS Links for Writers: Righting Crime Fiction and Law and Fiction (Thanks to Bill Crider)

Say it with me: verisimilitude! What a beautiful word.  One of the big responsibilities we have as writers is to do as much as we can to breathe reality into our inherently fictional worlds.  Fiction writers must keep the reader enthralled by the spells we cast on the page; nonfiction writers have an even greater … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Brendan DuBois’s “Leap of Faith”?
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What Can We Steal From Brendan DuBois’s “Leap of Faith”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Leap of Faith,” short story Author: Brendan DuBois Date of Work: 2015 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story made its debut the February 2015 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.  The fine folks at that magazine have posted an excerpt of this equally fine story. Bonuses: Here … Continue reading »

GWS Debate: Brand Names in Fiction…What Do You Think?
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GWS Debate: Brand Names in Fiction…What Do You Think?

A couple weeks ago, I was doing something that you should do.  I was reading Dare Me, by Megan Abbott.  The book is a fantastic…thriller/literary novel/New Adult novel that has gotten a great deal of well-deserved attention.  Now, I was drawn in by Ms. Abbott’s beautifully drawn characters and her stellar use of language.  I … Continue reading »

GWS Click Bait Controversy: $3 Per Poem Reading Fees and Our Biggest Problems
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GWS Click Bait Controversy: $3 Per Poem Reading Fees and Our Biggest Problems

Can we be honest?  Most writers like attention and enjoy being part of a dedicated literary community.  I am certainly one of these writers.  The GWS Click Bait Controversy is designed to bring attention to an important issue that impacts us all.  (And to bring attention to GWS.)  The provocative title is designed to make … Continue reading »

GWS Thanks For Stealing My Writing Time, E. Lockhart (Author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks)
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GWS Thanks For Stealing My Writing Time, E. Lockhart (Author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks)

COFFEE SHOP (Early Morning) – I was supposed to be working on my next young adult novel.  Its protagonist was whispering in my ear and I knew what he was about to do.  I had just enough caffeine to get my brain going without making my body shake.  Fountain pen: uncapped.  Journal: open. Then I … Continue reading »

An Exercise Inspired by George Williams, Author of The Valley of Happiness
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An Exercise Inspired by George Williams, Author of The Valley of Happiness

Friends, I had the honor of doing this interview with George Williams, a short story writer and novelist who teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Williams is a very interesting man who had the great fortune to work with Donald Barthelme, whose writing marginally resembles the stories in The Valley of Happiness.  If … Continue reading »

The Great Writers Steal Podcast: George Williams, author of The Valley of Happiness
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The Great Writers Steal Podcast: George Williams, author of The Valley of Happiness

Show Notes: Enjoy this interview with George Williams, author of The Valley of Happiness, a collection published by the fine people at Raw Dog Screaming Press. Take a look at Mr. Williams’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4875077.George_Williams Order your copies of his Raw Dog Screaming books from the publisher: http://rawdogscreaming.com/authors/george-williams/ Here is a text interview Mr. Williams granted … Continue reading »