Category Archives: fiction

  1. 10 Tools for Writer’s Block

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    March 27, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    A car not starting is a car problem requiring a car solution. I understand that that’s stupidly obvious, but still, …
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  2. Epistolaries at Dawn

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    March 20, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    Imitating another writer’s voice (as I wrote about here) requires time spent in the work of that writer, but picking …
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  3. Two (more) Uses for the Indirect Quote

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    March 13, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    To speak or not to speak — that is the question.  Last week I looked at the indirect quote as …
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  4. Indirect Quotation as a Breather

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    March 10, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    For the bi-lingual, speaking in the second language can be tiring. There’s a scene in John LeCarre’s novel The Russia …
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  5. Voice and Imitation

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    February 28, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    The athlete doesn’t train to get good at training. He doesn’t ride a stationary bike or spend time in the …
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  6. A Present Tense Confessional

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    February 21, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    Recently I concluded that the novel I’m working on would work better in the past tense, so I spent a …
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  7. The Central Static Character

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    November 15, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    A few years ago I wrote here that as writers we shouldn’t be afraid of leaving a character static as …
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