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Metamorphoses and Compassion

Read Bruce’s previous column here, or visit his author page to see them all. Zeus was the original Peeping Tom, hiding himself to watch human or divine maidens while they bathed. He particularly liked following Artemis and the nymphs who attended her on her hunts. One nymph in particular appealed to him. Callisto was her […]

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Let Me Repeat That: The Prose Villanelle

This column is about a fixed form first introduced in Short-short Sighted #4 in September 2008. You can also read Bruce’s column from last month here, or visit his author page to see them all. One of the best-known poems in the English language is “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan […]

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Before Your Next Critique Group…

Have you writers ever been critiqued in such a scathing, vicious fashion that you don’t know whether you want to crawl into a hole or beat the critquer with a bat? Can you imagine getting that kind of critique from Mark Twain? I don’t know what James Fenimore Cooper did on reading Twain’s critique of […]

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By the Numbers: The Prose Sonnet

Bruce has a related column about prose poems in our April 2010 issue. You can also read Bruce’s previous column here, or visit his author page to see them all. Any time I begin a discussion of fixed forms, the first such form that I mention is the sonnet. Even if many readers can’t name […]

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Short-Sighted: Big Success on a Small Scale

This is an unusual column for Bruce, dealing with the writing life rather than specific techniques and forms. If you’d like to read his previous columns, you can find a complete list on his author page. This month, I want to take a break from examining the forms of flash fiction and consider another aspect […]

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Notes on Writing Weird Fiction

My reason for writing stories is to give myself the satisfaction of visualising more clearly and detailedly and stably the vague, elusive, fragmentary impressions of wonder, beauty, and adventurous expectancy which are conveyed to me by certain sights (scenic, architectural, atmospheric, etc.), ideas, occurrences, and images encountered in art and literature. I choose weird stories […]

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Again Again Again: Repetition

If you’d like to read his previous columns, you can find a complete list on his author page. One of the first things I learned about English prose style, far back in the ancient days of grade school, was that I should vary my vocabulary. Repetition of the same word (other than prepositions, conjunctions and […]

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The King Is Dead: Long Live the King!

This is the first column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. If you’d like to read his Short-Short Sighted columns, which are dedicated to writing very short fiction specifically, visit his author page. Over two years ago, I set out to write a column about various forms, traditions, and techniques of flash […]

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Naming the Baby: Titles (Part I of II)

This is the second column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. The first column, and the entirety of his Short-Short Sighted columns (dedicated to writing very short fiction), visit his author page. Titles are hard. They have to accomplish a lot in a few words. The ideal title will attract the reader […]

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Naming the Baby: Titles (Part II of II)

This is the third column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. The first column, and the entirety of his Short-Short Sighted columns (dedicated to writing very short fiction), visit his author page. In part one of this article, Bruce explained some theory and then wrote: The title pulls the reader in. Then […]

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