Character and Narrative
Zeus versus Cronos

A close look at the stories that work will show that it is the characters themselves who change, not just their situation. That is what the reader is hoping for.

At its simplest, a good story concerns a character who is unhappy at the beginning and happy (or happier, at least) at the end.

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Sex is Good

Shame and sex do not belong in the same conversation, let alone the same act. The sexual act, with its symphonic variety, is not merely healthy, it is glorious.

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Editing or, Learning to Love the Pain

It’s perfectly possible to enjoy a difficult task [editing], provided one is skilled enough at it. The satisfaction of performing the task skillfully, being proud of the result, make the job pleasurable.

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Violence in Fiction or, Not the Face!

…the net effect of violence in fiction: an emotional distancing of the reader from all those involved in the violence…
Violence is like a potent spice. Use it carefully and sparingly for best effect.

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