Tag Archives: Hemingway

Symbols and Motifs and Themes. Oh my!


So theme is the theme of today’s blog. Themes and symbols and all that English Lit 101 stuff. Except English Literature courses are usually designed to enhance the reading experience; to make the student a more discerning bibliophile. Now, don’t get … Continue reading

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Magic!


  What is it that looks like magic, makes people think you’re a proper genius, and elevates your fiction from the humdrum? No, it’s not signing with JK Rowling’s agent — thought that probably wouldn’t hurt — it’s foreshadowing. More … Continue reading

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Why Exposition Gets a Bad Rap


You’ve heard it a million times: show don’t tell. What does that mean? Is it true? And does that mean you should never use exposition? Sometimes – sorry, O great literary oracle – but sometimes you have to ignore perceived … Continue reading

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It’s Good to be Bad


  After weeks of dithering, note-taking, and reading, I finally started work on my new book. I forgot how much fun first drafts can be. There are no rules. You can change characters’ names right in the middle of the … Continue reading

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