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BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD

Bonds of Love & Blood: Short Stories

BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD is a short story collection about misplaced or displaced people. At home and abroad, solitary travelers embark on journeys that take them where they never expected to go. A woman in Istanbul hooks up with a Kurdish rug dealer and learns a lesson about family life. A visitor to California—the […]

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Poetry recital

“Show, Don’t Tell” | Still Sound Advice, or Lame Idea?

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers, For Writers Doing Revisions

“Show, don’t tell.” What does it mean, and should writers pay attention to this time-worn advice? In this post I’m going to look at three writers who use narrative exposition–old-fashioned storytelling–and see what they’re doing on the “show, don’t tell” front. Let’s start with a bit of background. Wikipedia cites a passage in a Chekhov letter […]

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Dostoievsky's Diary

Story Starters Keep Your Story Ideas from Going Stale

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers

Story-starters are the key to a writer’s long-term success, but what are story starters and how can you turn them into actual stories? Essentially, story starters are the notebooks writers keep about the things they observe in the world. These journals don’t gaze at the writer’s navel. They’re other-centered, outward looking, and curious about all […]

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Character-Driven Fiction Takes Readers Back to 1968 | Sharon Solwitz’s New Novel

by Marylee MacDonald in Characters, For Writers Who Need Readers

ONCE, IN LOURDES author Sharon Solwitz has one previous novel, Bloody Mary, and a collection of short stories, Blood and Milk, which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from Friends of the Chicago Public Library and the prize for adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors, and was a finalist for the National Jewish […]

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