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Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

How do we keep readers invested in what will happen next? As writers, we want readers on the edge of their seat, even in scenes that don’t justify heart-pounding action. Micro-tension, a term I first encountered in Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction, offers a solution. Recently I’ve been working on micro-tension in my own […]

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Publishing With a University Press: A Fiction Writer’s Perspective

Publishing With a University Press: A Fiction Writer’s Perspective

What do university presses publish? Although university presses focus on scholarly works, some also publish books meant for a more general audience—poetry, essays, memoirs, short story collections, and, in certain cases, novels. These titles tend to fall on the literary, rather than commercial, side of the spectrum. My path to publication My first novel, Maranatha […]

April 23, 2017 | By | Reply More