Category: Craft Talks

W. Todd Kaneko’s Craft Talk: “The Things You Do–Character Codes of Conduct in Fiction”

The Things You Do–Character Codes of Conduct in Fiction” by W. Todd Kaneko An audience needs to be able to understand and sympathize with the characters they meet in stories. As such, characters often adhere to a code of conduct so readers can better understand who they are supposed to root for and why. Consider those medieval knights and the…

Sarah Vap’s Craft Talk: “The Perfect Beginning: A Notebook and Daydreaming and Strange Things Together”

The Perfect Beginning: A Notebook and Daydreaming and Strange Things Together by Sarah Vap Maybe the most important part of writing for me has been learning to trust the part of myself that wants to put strange things together. I have two little sons now, and all the toys and games they have seem to want to teach them to categorize things…

Feature: Why I Didn’t Write

by Ken Gordon For a long time I was on the lam. My crime? Well, not to frustrate your gun lust, to deprive you of your quota of gangsters and graft, but it wasn’t a crime in the conventional sense. More a spiritual than criminal offense. Something akin to sin. When I say “spiritual,” I don’t mean the old-time-religion racket—I…