I realized that the heart of the story was not the cranberries or the road trip or Thanksgiving dinner, but what was missing.
History is nothing if not a series of revisions.
I am one of those people who thinks about finding dead bodies.
My writing isn’t governed by many rules, but I have a policy holds that when something falls easily out of the sky onto the page, I keep it, dressing up its impact from the landing, if needed.
“A Stone’s Throw from Home” was born out of frustration.
We’re reopening submissions for our “Origins” series, where authors talk about the origin of a story, essay, or poem. The story, poem, or essay must not be self-published or in […]
In today’s ORIGINS at jmww, author Tara Laskowski discusses the origins for her short story collection Bystanders, which published May 2016, by Santa Fe Writers Project. It’s harder to pinpoint the […]
But all my work – novels, short stories, whatever – starts with the idea. Usually a very strange idea. When I have these ideas, they are followed by an intense conversation with myself about why this particular concept will probably lead to anguish and heartbreak.
“All people are interesting,” is what Condominium is telling you. “Even the ones you don’t like.” And yes, people really, really hate these characters. At least one major agent backtracked on signing up the novel because said agent’s interns threatened to walk.
In today’s ORIGINS at jmww, author Laura Ellen Scott discusses the origins for her novel The Juliet, published March 11, 2016, by Pandamoon Publishing. Everything starts with place for me, […]