Category Archives: The Writer’s Desk

Agency, Influence, Accountability, and the Mormon Artist

Since last Friday’s mass-shooting at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, fingers have pointed in many directions. In a New York Times op-ed, for example, film critic Roger Ebert joins others in blaming the gun lobby and “paranoid … Continue reading

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Reader/Writer Connection: Get the Easy Stuff Right

It’s happened to all of us. We’re reading a story and a detail leaps out and slaps us in the face because we know that it’s just not true, and that even cursory research would have shown the folly of the claim. As a reader that drives me nuts because it breaks the illusion and jars me out of the story; it makes me wonder how many other details the author got wrong and undermines my trust in the story. As a writer I know that we sometimes play a little loose with certain facts to accomplish another literary task. Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp

Three weeks ago, I was in Greensboro, North Carolina at Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. I had some excellent teachers while earning my MFA at BYU, but I learned more in six days at Boot Camp than I did … Continue reading

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Beyond Doubt

At the most recent AML Conference, James Goldberg made a passing remark that has stuck with me. It went something along the lines of, “I’ve become bored with stories about doubt.” The comment stuck with me because . . . … Continue reading

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Solving the Mystery of Writing Step #2

In a previous post, found here http://blog.mormonletters.org/?p=4064 we discussed Solving the Mystery of Writing and Step #1 Finding Your Voice. Today I’m continuing my 6 Steps for Writing Success with #2 Make Writing a Priority/Write Every Day If you’re going to … Continue reading

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Publishers Corner: Engaging the National Market from an LDS Perspective

Guest post by E.M. Tippetts Late last year I decided to take the plunge and become an indie author as E.M. Tippetts – the name I use to write LDS chick lit. There were a lot of reasons behind my … Continue reading

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Open Season for Writing Conferences

This week is an incredibly busy and exciting time for me and several other writers. I will be attending the annual LDStorymakers conference at the Provo Marriott on May 3-5, Thursday-Saturday. This will be the 7th year I have attended … Continue reading

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From the Writer’s Desk: Conflict in Fiction

I assume you’re familiar with Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. If not, you can check out the Wikipedia entry on it here. Simply put, it’s a psychological theory that details the things people need to live happy, healthy, productive lives. … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

When I was a little girl, the cousin closest to my age lived in California. We were about eight years old when we decided to become pen pals, and started writing long, rambling letters to each other. I can still … Continue reading

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Too Much Mystery: The Fine Line Between Intriguing and Annoying

I’m happy to have a guest blogger this month–welcome Michael Young! Too Much Mystery: The Fine Line Between Intriguing and Annoying by Michael Young No matter what genre of story you are writing, you probably want to throw a little … Continue reading

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