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Working with Relationships in Fiction by Brad Windhauser

Working with Relationships in Fiction by Brad Windhauser One of the things I admire about non-fiction writers—let’s say David Sedaris—is how openly they write about their  lives; specifically, their close relationships. In the case of Sedaris, outside of the death of his mother, it appears that nothing is off limits, and his books have contained […]

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The Business of Writing: Editing to Suit Market Demands by Brad Windhauser

The Business of Writing: Editing to Suit Market Demands by Brad Windhauser When I watch a movie or read a book and then encounter a forced happy ending, I get annoyed. There’s nothing wrong with a happy ending; however, when it doesn’t suit what the plot and characters have set in motion, it feels forced. […]

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The Year That Was: Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 by Brad Windhauser

The Year That Was: Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 by Brad Windhauser When I was a kid, the approach of Christmas made me giddy: the decorated tree, my aunt’s delicious cookies, the large presents, and the time off school. When I was in college, the holiday season meant more customers (and tips) […]

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Whiplash: How Bad Do You Want It? (a Review) by Brad Windhauser

Whiplash: How Bad Do You Want It? (a Review) by Brad Windhauser What elevates a person from being a really good writer, painter, or musician into being an Artist? The answer to this question thumps at the heart of the new film Whiplash. Exploring this quest through the lens of a budding jazz drummer, the […]

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Paying Tribute to the Ones Who Have Inspired and Supported You – Adding Little Flourishes to Your Stories by Brad Windhauser

Paying Tribute to the Ones Who have Inspired and Supported You – Adding Little Flourishes to Your Stories by Brad Windhauser With Thanksgiving approaching, we have decided to discuss a different way to give thanks—how do we pay tribute to the influences in our writing lives, be they our friends and family and/or the writers […]

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Death in Writing – It’s Not a Story Unless Someone Dies by Brad Windhauser

Death in Writing – It’s Not a Story Unless Someone Dies by Brad Windhauser I don’t have a morbid fascination with death. I didn’t grow up surrounded by death. Although I did have the extreme misfortune of losing two friends in high school—two separate car accidents—I don’t have a pessimistic view of life. However, somewhere […]

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl – Preserving Your Story When Adapting a Novel to the Screen [Spoilers late in the article] by Brad Windhauser

David Fincher’s Gone Girl – Preserving Your Story When Adapting a Novel to the Screen [Spoilers late in the article] by Brad Windhauser I’m a fan of Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl, and I have been eagerly awaiting David Fincher’s adaptation (as I am huge fan of the director’s work). Like most fans, though, I was […]

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Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser

Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser Henry James famously said, “A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” I stress this with my students every semester. But what does it mean, some ask? We pay attention, I tell them, and when we do, we get to […]

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Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser

Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser I’m fortunate enough to have a full-time teaching job, one that affords me a flexible schedule conducive to writing and a decent paycheck. But I wasn’t always so fortunate. Working in restaurants put me through undergrad (1994-1997) and then my Master’s degree (2000-2002) until I retired from the service […]

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Staying Motivated Means Staying in Shape by Brad Windhauser

Staying Motivated Means Staying in Shape by Brad Windhauser I’ve become ensnared in World Cup soccer. Like most people I know here in Philly, I don’t have a particular interest in soccer normally and, to be honest, most of the games I have watched look nothing more than a bunch of guys running around on […]

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