Fiction

BLUFFTON UNIVERSITY'S BEN WEAVER WRITES ABOUT "WHY?"

Ben WeaverThe question should always be why, because that’s exactly what your readers are going to be asking. We can use the short story, as an example of questions asked and answered throughout the story..>>>more
 

 

CARA ECHOLS WRITES ABOUT “PYNCHON'S ENTROPY AND CONFLICTING SCIENCE”

Cara EcholsThomas Pynchon’s short story Entropy is rich with conflict in every sense of the word. This confusing, dazzling piece of scientific fiction presents a mastery display of chaos and calamity that all boils down into one thing: conflict... >>>more

CONFLICT DEVELOPMENT IN REBECCA MAKKAI'S “THE NOVEMBER STORY”

makkaiThe November Story, by Rebecca Makkai, is a wonderful example of conflict between characters with opposing goals/values. In this story, the MC seeks satisfaction through her job on a reality TV show, while her significant other wants to settle down and live in the real world... >>>more

 
GUEST BLOGGER KATIE DRIGGERS

Where are you goingWe are super excited to announce that this week’s guest blogger is Bluffton University student Katie Driggers. Her writing exercise focuses on point of view, and uses the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (Joyce Carole Oates) as a jumping-off point for practicing going deeper into your character’s emotional stance... >>>more

STARTING FROM ART: PAINTING YOUR WAY TO A STORY

Gauguins ChairFocus is essential in our increasingly busy lives and media-crowded minds. Sometimes our brains get short-circuited by too much everything, and when that happens, I quiet the competing attentions of my mind by turning to a painting or a photograph... >>>more