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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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Does Spending Dollars on Contests Make Sense?

by Darlene Cah I learned (or perhaps, just came to accept) later in life that I’m competitive. Yeah, I like to compete, like to do my best, like to win. When I was in high school I entered art contests. As an adult, I showed my horse. So when I turned my efforts to writing […]

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Unamused by the Muse

by Darlene Cah WRITER sits at a computer typing in a cluttered office. A single desk lamp illuminates the mess of books, papers, dirty dinner dishes, soda cans, etc. VOICE Hey! How about that story about the woman and the Flamenco guitar player?  (Writer shifts weight)  VOICE I think it has legs. (Writer hits keys […]

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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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Put your Characters in their Place

by Darlene Cah Let’s take a tour of my living room in this moment. Yes, you should be afraid! The walls are a dark-ish green with a lighter green accent wall along the entryway. The floors are hardwood in a medium-light honey color. There’s a gas fireplace with a brick façade wedged into one corner. […]

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The Hub City Writing in Place Experience

by Darlene Cah When I moved south eight years ago, my friend and fellow writer, Nancy Pemberton told me I had to go to the Hub City Writers’ Workshop for a weekend of writing, classes, readings and eating. Yes, I admit the eating part held equal appeal to the writing part! So I signed up, […]

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A Cure for What Ails You

Perhaps one of the things for which I’m most grateful in having completed my MFA is the time it forced me to spend looking inward. For as much time as I was asked to consider the writing of others, I was also charged (however directly or indirectly) with the onerous task of contemplating the words […]

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Building Blocks of Storytelling

You are a baby sitting in a high chair. Your parents, aunts, uncles, their friends are telling each other stories around the dinner table. Afterwards, you watch cartoons while the grownups chat some more. Later, your mom reads you a book (My fave: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein). You are absorbing it all. Story […]

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Please Refer to the Diagram

I failed ruler in third grade. Though I couldn’t be trusted to take an accurate measurement, the notched wooden implement with the metal edge did serve a useful purpose in my young life: drawing precise lines and angles to diagram sentences. I’m pretty sure that was the same year I won the class spelling bee, […]

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