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Good Metaphor/Bad Metaphor

July 26, 2016 • craft of writing, Fiction

What makes a good metaphor? That’s like what makes a good wine. No, that’s a simile, not a metaphor. And it’s not a very good one, either. It was just the first thing that came to my mind. I see lots of similes and metaphors in the short stories and flash that arrive in the… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Nonfiction Book Reviews

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The Courtship of Eva Eldridge: A Story of Bigamy in the Marriage-Mad Fifties Diane Simmons University of Iowa Press, August 2016 ISBN: 978-1609384616 Some of us are perpetually, desperately, in love with letters. We love writing them, getting them in the mail, and we may even still have a box or two of those silly… Read More ›

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“The New Nonfiction” panel, #AWP16: Notes for Attendees

That failed selfie from the panel. Talking Writing's wonderful Jennifer Jean is featured!

Hello, everyone! On April 1, I was part of a super-informative panel hosted by Talking Writing‘s warm, generous Martha Nichols. I promised I’d post some notes about how journalism can inform literary nonfiction. This post is about that. First, a pre-cursory note that somewhat echoes my submission guidelines: Good creative nonfiction requires deep dives that… Read More ›

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Why Fiction Writers Should Read Poetry

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I am not a poet. It’s not that I haven’t ever tried to write poetry, but there are fundamental differences between writing good fiction and writing good poetry, and my particular writing skill set seems not attuned to it. Still, I love to read good poetry. I’m often fascinated by the poems I find both… Read More ›

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Good Metaphor/Bad Metaphor

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What makes a good metaphor? That’s like what makes a good wine. No, that’s a simile, not a metaphor. And it’s not a very good one, either. It was just the first thing that came to my mind. I see lots of similes and metaphors in the short stories and flash that arrive in the… Read More ›

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