I Need a Favor

I realize there may be quite a few writers reading this post. So I beg you, for my own selfish sake, will you please write a story where your characters are not tortured beyond endurance?

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The Idea vs. The Execution

When it comes to writing stories, I am never at a loss for an idea. Sure, I can despair when I can’t imagine how to get my characters out of a particular situation, be it a dragon’s cave or a skyscraper of the future, but if you were to wake me up in the middle […]

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The Hitchcock Principle

I hope that everyone has seen at least one movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense. Although to be perfectly honest, he is not the master of suspense, he is a master of storytelling, which is something similar. Suspense is nothing more than good storytelling. It is the action of holding your audience’s […]

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Suspense and Storytelling

Suspense is like a gold nugget: unmistakable, identifiable, and nigh impossible to find or create. Recently I have written on the mechanical manipulations that make a good horror or terror story enjoyable to read. Stories employing terror create fear by assembling a set of circumstances that promote anticipation. I feel that my previous description of […]

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Unnecessary Words

I use too many words. It’s a bad habit that I’ve picked up along the way of being a writer; the unstated need to fill such and such pages for a work to be worthwhile. Although the short story is an American phenomenon, I still lose sight of the truth that something good and valuable […]

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Tell Me A Story

Words are shot at us like bullets all day long. “Good morning.” “Glad to see you.” “Where’s that spreadsheet?” “Would you like coffee?” Some things that we are told are nothing but a crock. Lies, is another word. “The check is in the mail.” “I love your hair.” “I think you’ve you lost weight.” But […]

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