Posts from the ‘Writing’ Category

  • The Woman Who Made a Pact with the Devil

    August 3rd, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | 13 Comments

    CHAPTER 1   She hadn’t expected to like him. He was too skeletal, for one thing, his eyes set a little too deeply inside his skull, his gaze a little too unabashed, too knowing and hyper-focused. Longish black hair swept up off a high forehead, with sea-green eyes — he reminded her of a certain […]

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  • Beast


    July 24th, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | 11 Comments

    Two versions of the same poem, both original.

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  • 7 Stupendously Simple Ways to Make Yourself Into a Better Writer

    November 30th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    Suppose someone were to tell you that you could become a better writer in a single week — would you believe it? Me neither. And yet that’s precisely what I’m about to do. And more: I’m about to make a believer out of you. I tried this on a bet — and lost. Here is how you […]

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  • Gap-Toothed Girl

    October 5th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

      Chapter 1   Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers. The sodium lights of the arena lay upcast on the low-hanging sky above. There was an electrical charge in the air: a crackling undercurrent that came neither from the lights […]

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  • How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    July 13th, 2015 | Writing | journalpulp | Comments Off on How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    Have you ever heard of Lester Dent, nom-de-plume Kenneth Robeson? He was born in 1904, in La Plata, Missouri, and died fifty-four years later. His writing career spanned a total of thirty years — during which time he managed to crank out an astonishing 175 novels, or more. Still, despite such spectacular fecundity, the names […]

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  • Become a More Productive Writer

    April 10th, 2014 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    “If you’re just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television’s electric plug wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far.” –Stephen King, On Writing I admit it: Stephen King has never been my cup of tea, and […]

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  • Creative Writing Courses are a “Waste of Time”

    Creative Writing Courses are a “Waste of Time”

    March 17th, 2014 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The novelist Hanif Kureishi — who teaches creative writing at Kingston University, and whom I’d frankly never heard of before I saw this article — has recently come under some fire for remarks he made to The Guardian newspaper: “A lot of my students just can’t tell a story. They can write sentences but they […]

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  • Want To Be A Writer? Drop Out of College

    Want To Be A Writer? Drop Out of College

    June 20th, 2013 | Writing Talent | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    In an interview Truman Capote once gave, he said the following about becoming a writer: “The last thing in the world I would do was waste my time going to college, because I knew what I wanted to do. The only reason to go to college is if you want to be a doctor, a […]

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  • Five Reasons I’ll Keep Reading Your Story

    Five Reasons I’ll Keep Reading Your Story

    April 25th, 2013 | Writing | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Actually, there are many reasons — many more than five — that I’ll keep reading your story, but there are also at least as many reasons I won’t. (For example: He had nothing in the way of a like God-concept, and at that point maybe even less than nothing in terms of interest in the […]

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  • Do Not Start A Story With The Protagonist Waking Up

    Do Not Start A Story With The Protagonist Waking Up

    September 6th, 2012 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    “Do not start a story with the protagonist waking up,” says Joe Konrath. But with him here — as with so many other things — I must demur. Konrath’s peevish list of proscriptions came to my attention recently via Radical Roz Morris, who wrote about another preposterous notion Mr. Konrath (along with many others) has: […]

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