Articles by Stephen Figler

Articles by author: Stephen Figler

AN OVERNIGHT SENSATION

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

ONCE AGAIN, THANKS TO MY NEWSMAN FRIEND TOM COCHRUN FOR SENDING ME THE FOLLOWING LINK TO A RECENT AND ENJOYABLE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE ON OLD-TIME NEWSPAPER FILMS.

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The Fiction-writing Apocalypse… Or Not?

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

If a story is going to be serialized (i.e., released piecemeal to the public over time), why not “improve it,” given the opportunity to get feedback from readers over that time?

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E-book readers pull data from you sub-rosa. So?

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

Lynn Neary (NPR, 1/28/13) recently did a report on the electronic tracking that Amazon, Barnes & Noble and probably others do of our e-reading, not only what we buy, but how we read it. Maybe the first issue is that of privacy.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Writing Advice

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

I sometimes wonder whether I wouldn’t have been better off, writing production-wise, in a cell, solitarily confined. How much have I gained from all of those (these) writing-related activities?

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BookTalk Nation — Check it out

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

I have “discovered,” after about a year of hearing about it, an interesting, engaging, and useful blogsite called BookTalk Nation. On it you can hear half-hour interviews with authors of fiction and non-fiction books.

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“Unrelateable” Heroes: new coinage, old problem

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

Are we in a new era of word coinage? Bill Morris, who publishes on-line at The Millions, thinks so. He offers “fracking,” “illliquid,” and “repurpose” among other coinages.

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Best Simile

By Stephen Figler on Jun 22, 2018 in in Writer's Blog, Writing Advice

Here is the best simile I’ve yet encountered, and it comes from the pen of a critic, not a “creative” writer...

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Influence from Great Writers

By Stephen Figler on Jun 20, 2018 in in Writer's Blog

Nathan Bransford (author, agent, media manager) asked on his blog: “Which Writers Most Influence Your Work?” It’s a short blog, but generated a great deal of response. It’s worth looking at...

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No Fear

No Fear
By Stephen Figler on Apr 02, 2017 in in Writer's Blog

If you’re like most people, fear will be your traveling companion all the way along that road. It will whisper words like "failure," and "hopeless" and tell you that your dream is doomed to fail.

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