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“The solution that increases the problem”

I found myself stumped on the new novel I started. I had ideas about where I wanted the story to go, but I couldn’t put the pieces together. That was when I thought of six words that helped me put the plot together and make the story move forward: The solution that increases the problem. …

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Banish boring words

Does your writing bore you? You might be using boring words. Words like happy and sad are repetitive, and they don’t express your complete feelings. Donna Norton of Custom Writing provides this infographic listing alternatives to 28 boring words. Use them to make your writing more expressive and interesting.

Dystopias and utopias

I was about to follow up my post about political fiction with one about dystopias. Then, I came across an excellent article about dystopian fiction by Tracy Larson. It’s well worth reading. I agree with her that “What if?” and believable character reactions are important considerations in creating a fictional dystopia. I would add one …

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So, you want to write a political novel…

Everyone is concerned about politics these days, so you might be thinking about writing a political novel. After all, 1984 topped bestsellers lists this year, and The Handmaid’s Tale was made into a hit series on Hulu. If you want to write a political novel, be careful. Agitprop makes for some horrible fiction.

An interview with Joannes Rhino

In 2017, I was interviewed by Joannes Rhino about writer’s block, fiction, being a cubicle author, and more. The interview is no longer available at Rhino’s site, but I saved our emails. The restored interview follows (with some updates).