"The Other Side of Things"

Read my ghost story featured in Orca's Literary-Speculative Issue.

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Fiction writing advice that I absolutely love.

“People who want to write either do it or they don’t. At last I began to say that my most important talent—or habit—was persistence. Without it, I would have given up writing long before I finished my first novel. It’s amazing what we can do if we simply refuse to give up.” —Octavia Butler from the afterword of her essay, “Furor Scribendi.”

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“The good piece of writing startles the reader back into Life. The work—this Other, this other thing—this false life that is even less than the seeming of this lived life, is more than the lived life, too. It is so unreal, so precise, so unsurprising, so alarming, really. Good writing never soothes or comforts. It is no prescription, neither is it diversionary, although it can and should enchant while it explodes in the reader’s face.” —Joy Williams from her essay, “Uncanny The Singing that Comes from Certain Husks.”

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Also, some advice from Neil Gaiman about how to get your ideas down on paper:

“Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only way to do it is to do it. 

“I’m just kidding. There are much easier ways…” …continue reading…

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And I can’t forget Soraya Chemaly’s advice (author of Rage Becomes Her) on “appropriateness”:

“If there is a word that should be retired from use in the service of women’s expression, health, well-being, and equality, it is appropriate—a sloppy, mushy word that purports to convey some important moral essence but in reality is just a policing term used to regulate our language, appearance, and demands. It’s a control word. We are done with control.” 

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And finally, words of wisdom from Leonard Cohen:

Ring the bells that still can ring;

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack, a crack, in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.

That’s how the light gets in.

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