• 99: Have One Character Tell the Truth and One Character Tell Lies

    Use an old riddle to ratchet up the conflict in your story this week.

    Book Recommendation: THE GUEST, Emma Cline.

    6m - Dec 11, 2023
  • 98: Try Second Person

    This week, I'm talking about the wonderful, weird, magical re-boot that second person perspective can offer a story.

    8m - Oct 18, 2023
  • 97: Watch Out for Third Person

    This week, the perils of third person. Every tool that gives you power and control is suspect.

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    7m - Oct 11, 2023
  • 96: Try Third Person

    This week, the power, beauty, and control of writing in the third person.

    Book recommendation: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.

    6m - Oct 4, 2023
  • 95: Watch Out for First Person

    Part of a mini-series about the joys and pitfalls of point of view. I'm talking about the dangers of first person perspective today.

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    6m - Sep 13, 2023
  • 94: Re-think Point of View

    In this week's episode, I'm beginning a short series on choosing the right point of view for your story.

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    7m - Sep 7, 2023
  • 93: Interview with Rachel Cantor

    Writerly Bites is back and I'm thrilled to post this interview with novelist Rachel Cantor!

    Rachel Cantor is the author of the novels Half-Life of a Stolen Sister (Soho Press 2023), Good on Paper(Melville House 2016), and A Highly Unlikely Scenario (Melville House 2014). Two dozen of her stories have been published in the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She has written about fiction for National Public Radio, the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is writing a series of middle grade and young adult books set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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    13m - Aug 30, 2023
  • 92: My novel, MINOR PROPHETS, is now available

    I read the first page from the novel, and leave you with a writing tip for the week. Tune in for the regular return of the podcast in weeks to come.

    4m - May 8, 2023
  • 91: My Favorite Reads of 2022

    For the last podcast episode of 2022, my favorite reads of the year. Happy holidays and see you in the new year, listeners!

    10m - Dec 20, 2022
  • 90: The Magic of Showing Up

    Back after a hiatus, and I'm talking about the magic of showing up for yourself and your writing.

    Book recommendation: BLISS MONTAGE by Ling Ma.

    5m - Dec 7, 2022
  • 89: No Place Like Home

    This week, write about home: all the fraught feelings and complex associations of home.

    Book recommendation: CITY OF INCURABLE WOMEN, by Maud Casey.

    5m - Nov 1, 2022
  • 88: Tell a Ghost Story

    Getting into the mood for halloween this week with tips for what makes ghost stories great — and why non-ghost stories can benefit from them.

    Book recommendation: THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters.

    6m - Oct 26, 2022
  • 87: Tell a Story Backwards

    Even stories that start with "Once Upon a Time" are playing with time in bold ways. Try some new ways to shake up time this week.

    Book recommendation: VERY COLD PEOPLE, by Sarah Manguso.

    5m - Oct 18, 2022
  • 86: Break Your Story's Form

    Try breaking all the rules of form and function in your story this week.

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    6m - Oct 11, 2022
  • 85: Make a New Pair

    This week, make a surprising odd couple with your words.

    Book recommendation: INTIMACIES, by Katie Kitamura.

    5m - Oct 5, 2022
  • 85: Make a New Pair

    Put two things together that have never been smashed together before this week.

    Book recommendation: INTIMACIES, by Katie Kitamura.

    5m - Sep 20, 2022
  • 84: Spiral into Your Story

    We're back for the fall with new weekly tips, interviews, book recommendations, and thoughts about what you can do today for your writing. This week, consider an alternative story structure.

    Book recommendation: DISORIENTATION, by Elaine Hsieh Chou.

    5m - Sep 13, 2022
  • 83: Remember How it Feels

    Pay attention to the physical in your writing this week.

    Book recommendation: The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

    5m - Aug 16, 2022
  • 82: Write a Discovery Draft

    Write a draft this week that's all about discovering what you want to write about.

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    4m - Aug 9, 2022
  • 81: Interview with Valerie Lute

    This week I'm interviewing author Valerie Lute for her favorite writing tips.

    Valerie Lute is a writer whose short stories have appeared in Arts & Letters, Literary Orphans and Contrary Magazine, among others. You can find her kayaking on the Charles River, attending Shakespeare productions in Greater Boston, or online at valerielute.com.

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    7m - Aug 2, 2022
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