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  1. Tracy Koppel

    All things writing I feel like an idiot but I have only just discovered Ted Chiang

    I put a book of his on hold at the library here. There were so many people who also wanted the book, I figured it would be a few weeks, at least, before it was my turn. But I've already received a message that it was ready for me to pick up!
  2. Tracy Koppel

    Intros & Newbies Like a bad penny . . .

    I hope your returning to writing has continued! I couldn't survive without my writing.
  3. Tracy Koppel

    Intros & Newbies Hello!

    Congratulations on publishing a couple of short stories!
  4. Tracy Koppel

    All things writing I feel like an idiot but I have only just discovered Ted Chiang

    Sorry, I haven't read anything by Chiang, but your post made me want to read them. I'm swamped now and in August. Maybe in September or October we can form a read-like-a-writing book discussion group and discuss how he does it?
  5. Tracy Koppel

    Craft Deep Dive Into Descriptions of Setting with Tracy Koppel

    We'll look at how to make settings come alive for the reader, how to use setting to show the POV character's emotion, and how to use settings to slow down action scenes that would otherwise be too fast.
  6. Tracy Koppel

    All things writing What do you guys think of this?

    I know an author who made up a book idea just to practice pitching. Then the person she pitched to wanted the book. Oops!
  7. Tracy Koppel

    All things writing What do you guys think of this?

    I wish in query letters we could say something like, "I've been through several drafts, my critique group has read it. it's been Beta read. This isn't a rough draft I wrote in a rush during NaNoWriMo."
  8. Tracy Koppel

    Craft How Attitude Conveys Emotion with Tracy Forgie Koppel

    In a novel, every word and phrase has to do double, if not triple, duty. This is especially true in an opening when we need to convince the reader to buy our book within the first few paragraphs. In this mini intensive, we will read the openings of a few novels by respected authors and look at...