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My #Pitchwars Experience: How Taking Part in This Cool Experience Enhanced My Completed Novel by Brad Windhauser

My #Pitchwars Experience: How Taking Part in This Cool Experience Enhanced My Completed Novel by Brad Windhauser Up until three years ago, I didn’t have a Twitter account. I’d heard plenty about how and why people used it, but, after exploring it, I didn’t grasp how to make connections with people nor why 140 characters […]

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Giving Feedback—Providing the What and the Why in Order to Help a Writer Fully Realize His or Her Story by Brad Windhauser

Giving Feedback—Providing the What and the Why in Order to Help a Writer Fully Realize His or Her Story by Brad Windhauser Writers need feedback. This input helps us discover what is working and not working in a particular story. Feedback also allows us to understand how they are evolving as a writer—are they handling […]

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Over-stacking the Narrative Deck: True Detective’s Messy Season 2 by Brad Windhauser

Over-stacking the Narrative Deck: True Detective’s Messy Season 2 by Brad Windhauser TV shows can fail for several reasons. A project might be overly ambitious, the actors a poor fit for their respective roles, and/or the direction stiff, lacking, etc. In the case of HBO’s second season of True Detective, the main issue is the […]

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Allow Drafting to Evolve Your Stories: Using What Is to Help You See What It Could Be by Brad Windhauser

Allow Drafting to Evolve Your Stories: Using What Is to Help You See What It Could Be by Brad Windhauser What your story will become is usually quite different than what you imagined it to be when you began typing. The beauty of being the person adding words to the page is that you get […]

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A Pet’s Point of View: Showing not Telling in Disney’s Feast by Brad Windhauser

A Pet’s Point of View: Showing not Telling in Disney’s Feast by Brad Windhauser When writing, I’ll explore any topic or idea that piques my interest. However, I typically avoid a child’s point of view—I prefer a narrator and a vantage point infused with more maturity than the average child is capable of—and I never […]

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Publishing News for Brad Windhauser

Brad Windhauser is happy to announce that his current short story “Fight or Flight” was just published in Jonathan, issue 8 (available in print and online). In addition he is presenting a paper,  “Judging Your Content: The Benefits of Subjectivity” at the North American Review Bicentennial Creating Writing & Literature Conference June 13th in Cedar […]

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In Case You Have Missed Them: Authors to Be Reading Now by Brad Windhauser

In Case You Have Missed Them: Authors to Be Reading Now by Brad Windhauser Last month, we discussed writers who have influenced us. Understanding your influences helps you best appreciate how he or she is able to craft their work. Doing so allows you to learn from these stories, poems, plays, and screenplays. Past work, […]

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Re-reading Your Influences: Beyond the Tip of Hemingway’s Iceberg by Brad Windhauser

Re-reading Your Influences: Beyond the Tip of Hemingway’s Iceberg by Brad Windhauser My senior year of undergrad, I took an upper-division grammar class, a course designed not to teach us grammar but rather to explore all the potential of the English language. Doing so would compel us to pay closer attention to our sentence structure […]

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A Month of Truth: What Role Does Truth Play in Writing? By Brad Windhauser

A Month of Truth: What Role Does Truth Play in Writing? By Brad Windhauser The truth is relative. This is either a quote I picked up somewhere or it represents the spirit of something I read. For the longest time, I didn’t quite grasp how or why this was true: facts are facts, right? This […]

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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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