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Secrets of the War Genre

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So, you started writing a War story and got stuck along the way. Maybe you aren’t sure if your story meets all the obligatory scenes and conventions of its genre. Maybe you’re wondering if your controlling idea or theme addresses the overall values at stake in a War story. Maybe you’re asking, what are the… Read more »

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Thawing the Fiction Freeze

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New! This blog post is now available in audio. Learning to write fiction is too serious a business to be mixed in with leftovers from freshman composition. —John Gardner, The Art of Fiction Capable, professional writers of nonfiction often report freezing up when they set out to write a novel. Faced with the blank screen… Read more »

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Secrets of the Thriller Genre, Part Two; How to distinguish the Thriller from the Horror and Crime Genres

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In Part One of this article, we examined the fundamentals of the Thriller Genre and compared and contrasted it with certain aspects of the Horror and Crime Genres. Here, in Part Two, I’ll go deeper with those comparisons and demonstrate the differing obligatory scenes and conventions of all three of these closely related genres. Since… Read more »

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