Author Archives: Stella Atrium

That Certain Feeling of Uncertainty

It’s like a siren’s song. The vocabulary calls to me. The characters whisper in my ear. I can taste the air and hear the seabirds crying, like reaching the port of my homeland after a distant adventure. Continue reading

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The Craftsmanship Talk

We were meant to ruin our lives in service to art. That’s the price and the privilege. Continue reading

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No Leads to Yes: Examples for Writers

Is the same true for you, dear writer who is reading this blog? Do you come to goals for what you want to accomplish by what you know you don’t want to reinforce? Continue reading

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Where are the Readers?

People live in information silos now with cellphone conversations that trump talk with dinner guests, and success counted by volume of online visitors. Everybody’s a writer. Where have all the readers gone? Continue reading

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Blogging Replaces the Art of Letter Writing

For us regular people, blogs are quickly supplanting the need/use for letters. Advice from which writers before the age of blogging easily transposes to the blog format? Continue reading

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Perspective on Bad Reviews

Writers seek a style that’s instantly identifiable for paragraphs taken out of context like with Flannery O’Conner, Margaret Atwood, or even Joyce Carol Oates. O’Conner was slammed for too much violence, Atwood for word smithing, and Oates for, well, everything. Continue reading

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The Thief: a Master Class in Pacing

For my writing students, I recommend this book as a master class study in pacing for inserting the rights elements at the right moment. Continue reading

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Killing Off the Bad Guys: Robin Hobb’s Series Finale

But the power of the dragons is so overwhelming that the deaths seem puny, and the humans who kowtowed to the bad guys seem parochial in their fear. Here’s a clear warning for Martin when Daenerys’ dragons are grown, hey? Continue reading

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