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Making a Good Idea Great

by Katie Hines What elements create great fiction? Oh, the usual come to mind: killer idea, great plot, rich characters, full settings, lots of research, editing, story arc, conceptualization, and so forth. I’ve been parts of critique groups, both in … Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA GLASS!

This week on Fodder for Fiction, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of my favorite authors, and one I consider a mentor! Happy Birthday Julia Glass! I know Julia Glass would appreciate my focusing on an excerpt about birthday cake … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Penelope Lively!

Happy Birthday to Penelope Lively! She’s a contemporary Booker Award and National Book Award-winning author. I love reading her work. She’s an expert in delving deep into character and in crafting beautifully written prose. To celebrate her special day, I … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M READING – MARCH 2010

As I promised last month, after tackling Roots, my next read was going to be something light and funny. I read Fluke by Christopher Moore. I didn’t like it as much as Fool but it provided some good chuckles. The … Continue reading

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Fodder for Fiction Birthday Bash: John Irving

by Lisa Lipkind Leibow, Author of Smart Women’s Fiction I can barely form words to express my excitement over celebrating the birthday of one of my favorite authors of all times. John Irving is the king of quirky characters. I … Continue reading

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Author Birthday Bash for Toni Morrison!

This week at Fodder for Fiction I’m celebrating Toni Morrison’s birthday! Happy Birthday! To honor her, I’m sharing an excerpt from her work that made me think of how a birthday means something different to a mother than it does … Continue reading

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COLLECTIBLES AS QUIRK AND CATALYST

Do you collect something unusual? Is it your choice to collect it or have others thrust the collection upon you. My mother once bought a creamer shaped that looked like a purple cow, and everyone decided, “Oh! You like cows!” … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M READING

This month, so far, I have read Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, You Are Not A Stranger Here by Adam Haslet, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, and Portrait Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’m in the middle of The Omnivore’s … Continue reading

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Fodder for Fiction Author Birthday Bash: JACK LONDON (January 12)

This week on the Fodder for Fiction Author Birthday Bash, we’re celebrating the birthday of Jack London (1876-1916). Spending the winter of 1897 in the Yukon provided the fodder for his first fiction in 1899. From then on, he produced … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface of the Long Island Sound: How a (Once-hated) Body of Water Gave My Novel Depth

I. The Seventies At age eleven, years away from reading The Great Gatsby, I associate the Long Island Sound not with the glamorous Jazz Age parties at its shore or the green light of Daisy Buchanan’s dock, but with these … Continue reading

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