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This Blog Post Is a Pep Talk

By Ethan Gilsdorf

When I write for a public venue such as this, I'm often trying to pass along some writerly trick of the trade. My ideas or advice or tips are for your benefit. My audience is you. Whoever you are.

Not this time.

This time, I'm writing as much for my benefit as yours.

See, I've just come from another harrowing session with my therapist. (Not kidding about the therapist. Every self-respecting writer should have one.)

April 27, 2015 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Unity of Opposites: A Storytelling Model

(Part 3 in an erratic series)

Structure is something many writers, especially short story writers, aren’t conscious of. If we are, most likely it’s in the form of the story curve – the classical approach to defining narrative structure – that’s been burned into our consciousness

For decades, the Fichtean curve almost exclusively defined the short story

April 24, 2015 | Ron MacLean

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The Myth: Social Media is Free


Last year at the 2014 Muse & the Marketplace, I sat at a table with the wonderfully talented Randy Susan Meyers (whose latest book, Accidents of Marriage, needs to go to the top of your To-Be-Read list right now)

April 23, 2015 | Crystal King

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Audio: The Feeling

Last month, I posted about that feeling you have when ideas aren't even ideas yet but you can sense their almost arrival. As the founding editor of an audio-only magazine (currently taking submissions, by the way), I thought I should put my money where my mouth is and record the audio of that piece

April 22, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Countdown to Muse 2015: Micro-Interview 9 (Roxana Robinson)

The Muse and the Marketplace kicks off on May 1st at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. In anticipation of the conference, we collected micro-interviews written by authors, agents and editors who will be attending the event. This is the ninth in the series.

Micro-Interview with Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta

April 21, 2015 | Grub Daily

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We have an Open Mic happening at 1pm on Saturday at #Muse15, run by @SolomonAnna, and she wants to see you there: