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A Fiction Writer’s Appreciation for Poetry by Brad Windhauser

A Fiction Writer’s Appreciation for Poetry by Brad Windhauser What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy […]

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Are You Obligated to Finish What You Start? (Or, When to Put A Bad Book Down) by Brad Windhauser and Ron Hayes

Are You Obligated to Finish What You Start? (Or, When to Put A Bad Book Down) by Brad Windhauser and Ron Hayes How do readers in general and writers specifically feel about putting a book down before they finish? Should they feel guilty? Does this say something about the person that they can’t/don’t finish something, […]

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Re-reading the Classics: Uncovering the Precision Crafting in Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” by Brad Windhauser

Re-reading the Classics: Uncovering the Precision Crafting in Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” by Brad Windhauser One of the best things you can do for your sense of your craft is to read. Even better: taking the time to revisit something that has grown dusty on the shelf, a story or book which you read […]

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Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser

Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser Playing the lottery is a complete waste of time. The odds are so clearly stacked against you that you might as well hand your money to a homeless person—at least then it can do some good. However, if […]

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The Benefits of Having Multiple Projects Simmering and Knowing When to Start a New One by Brad Windhauser

The Benefits of Having Multiple Projects Simmering and Knowing When to Start a New One by Brad Windhauser Although I often multitask, I used to force myself to devote my energy to one project at a time.  When I would finish one thing, then I’d move on to another. I thought this was how you […]

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Subtlety in Fiction – Trust Your Audience by Brad Windhauser

Subtlety in Fiction – Trust Your Audience (Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons) by Brad Windhauser Understandably, writers want (and need) to develop their world for their readers.  To do this, the writer needs to create characters, a sense of setting, tone, etc. When it comes to the characters, you need to provide relevant details that paint […]

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The Year That Was: 2013 Was a Productive, Hectic Year. — Brad Windhauser

The Year That Was: 2013 Was a Productive, Hectic Year. by Brad Windhauser When I was in high school, I ran cross country.  I wasn’t very good, in part because I lacked the slender frame that tends to lend itself to distance running success.  I also didn’t apply myself all that well—or at least I […]

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The Book Thief: The Problem with Choosing the Wrong (or any) Narrator in a Script (Review)

The Book Thief: The Problem with Choosing the Wrong Narrator (Review) by Brad Windhauser No, I haven’t read The Book Thief, but when I saw previews for film version of The Book Thief with a friend, she wanted to go—how bad could anything starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson be? The film’s good, though the […]

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Publishing News for Brad Windhauser

Brad’s latest book review–for Richard Rodriquez’ Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography–was just published by the Philadelphia Review of Books: A Meandering Spiritual Autobiography – Brad Windhauser reviews Richard Rodriguez’s Darling http://wp.me/s2hqmO-2306

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How to Further Your Craft by Developing a Personal Reading List by Brad Windhauser

How to Further Your Craft by Developing a Personal Reading List by Brad Windhauser When I was pursuing a writing degree at UCSD, one of my professors—from whom I learned a lot and for whom I had a lot of respect—suggested to my class that the only benefit to pursuing a graduate degree in writing […]

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