Fiction Panel Discusses All the Pretty Horses


This month’s Unpublished Guy Fiction Panel: Dr. Zaius, William Blake, and William Gass.
Dr Zaius: Clearly All the Pretty Horses illustrates the warning given to us by the Lawgiver.

New York Times book reviewer, Madison Smartt Bell, said All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy had “”magnificent scenes that make Faulkner’s story “Spotted Horses” seem almost forgettable” What did the Unpublished Guy fiction panel think? This week’s panel includes Dr. Zaius, William Blake, and … Read the rest

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The Fine Art of Starbucks Coffee Refills


I may not have mastered the Art of Fiction.
I have mastered the Art of Cheap Starbucks Coffee.

 

As an underemployed fellow who loves his Starbucks coffee, I have developed the fine art of Starbucks refills. With limited funds, it is important to keep costs down. I can get quite a bit more coffee at $0.53 a cup, rather than $2.12. I am not sure about Starbuck’s policy regarding … Read the rest

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Top 10 Reasons to Finish a Book You Hate

You hate the book, but you keep reading and reading. You must make it through to the end. Why do you do that?
You hate the book, but you keep reading and reading.
You must make it through to the end. Why do you do that?

 

Aaron Wong (Don’t know Aaron? Neither do I. I’m afraid I am just fishing the blogosphere for my own blog material.) wrote a top 10 list of reasons to take a job you hate. I particularly like this reason: “The people you work with could make … Read the rest

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Destroying the Ones You Love for the Sake of Art

What Broken Hearts Has Published Fiction Left Behind?
What Broken Hearts Has Published Fiction Left Behind?

 

While Valentine’s Day has passed, it is not too late to do something special for the ones you love. Something only a fiction writer can do. People who are close to writers will end up on the writer’s page. Hide behind the figment of fictional deniability and let your passive aggressive tendencies come out. Base a character in your short story … Read the rest

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Fiction Panel Discusses Becoming Coyote by Wayne Ude

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This month the Unpublished Guy Fiction Panel discusses Becoming Coyote by Wayne Ude,
who happened to be my Creative Writing instructor at Old Dominion University.

This week two guests join the fiction panel.

Dr. Zaius: Coyotes, buffalos, horses, men, and an assortment of other animals, but not a single simian. Crazy stories and beliefs. Nothing that makes as much sense as the … Read the rest

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Murdering My Creative Writing Muse with Seven Random Words from Dictionary


In court I swear I still like a little avocado polymer
to bulge and shrink the direction

I happened across a writer’s blog that should be reported for muse abuse. Apparently, based on a friend’s advice, she will poke at it with a creative writing prompt based on seven random dictionary words. After it gets all riled up with the short story that results from this prompt, she drags it out of a corner, where … Read the rest

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8 Creative Writing Tips to Slow Write Your Story into Oblivion

My credo, divorced from reality: Don’t brag about your lightning fiction writing pace, for Slow and Steady won the fiction publishing race.
My credo, divorced from reality:
Don’t brag about your lightning fiction writing pace,
for Slow and Steady won the fiction publishing race.

I recently read an online article on “Book Writing Tips to Speed Write Your Book for Maximum Sales Sooner”. It inspired me to write my own article on writing habits.

It’s all about the journey and not the destination, they say. I’ve taken that to heart in the fiction writing arena. I enjoy … Read the rest

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Xtreme Creative Writing Styles: Hyperminimalism

Hyperminimalism in the visual arts
Hyperminimalism in the visual arts.

Minimalism leaves the reader to take an active role in the creation of the story by filling in the blanks left by the author’s spare prose. Hyperminimalism leaves more blanks for the reader to fill, as in the following example:

Something happened. A man with glasses was involved.

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I Preemptively Hate the We Hate Your Blog before They Hate My So-Called Publishing Blog


I remember Mr. Yuck growing up in Virginia.
I told some Michigan friends about Mr. Yuck,
but they had no idea what I was talking about.

I preemptively hate the We Hate Your Blog blog, and I preemptively hate the post We Hate Random Thoughts.

  1. I hate that you use all caps when you say WE HATE. Don’t you know that you are shouting? Of course you do, because you can’t stop with all caps.
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