Author Archives: John Wentworth Chapin

Noises

Snap and creak: somewhere in the house. Footfall or hingesqueak or bannistercreak—probably the kitchen. You strain to hear more: the throbbing around the sides of your head swells in volume and speed. You swallow, nothing there, and stop breathing, lifting … Continue reading

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Best of 2013 writing advice

The Atlantic pulled together a fantastic list of bits of advice from writers published this year. Check it out! http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/12/how-to-write-a-year-in-advice-from-franzen-king-hosseini-and-more/282445/

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It’s that time of the month

I was recently asked to join in a very interesting publishing project for next year — 31 writers writing short stories. Each writer writes a story set the same day each month for a year. Mine is the 5th — … Continue reading

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It’s funny ’cause it’s true

All the merlot belongs in the red part.

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Humans tweet, too

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced that an updated Twitter-centric “tweet” has finally worked its way into the dictionary. While the fussiness of the OED might induce some eye-rolling, there is an undeniable gold-stamp of approval with the inclusion of new words … Continue reading

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Don’t quit your day job

Interesting article about the economics of freelancing — and why it pays so poorly.

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Eggshell White Frigidaire

When he was seven, he and his four-year-old brother hunted raspberries in the ravine. They found an old abandoned refrigerator covered in brambles. He continued filling his coffee can with blood-red berries, maneuvering carefully around thorns, eating any over-ripe fruit. … Continue reading

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Be your own trickster figure

Tell yourself what to do tomorrow: this is a great strategy for longer-term writing projects like novels. It’s the first of Chuck Wendig’s stupid writer tricks, and I like ’em all. The reason I like this is that it takes … Continue reading

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A Tale

“Hop in, Pierre! We must escape evil Uncle Adolf,” Bunny shouted. “But you don’t know how to fly, Bunny! How ever will we survive?” “Have faith, cherie! This is fiction,” she exclaimed, touching Pierre gingerly on the cheek with one … Continue reading

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Eat your vegetables

Some terrific thoughts about the whys and hows of research for your writing.  

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