All posts by Zu Vincent

Writers Dreaming

            This is the writer’s journey, the deeper we dig into our characters, the more we are able to unmask monsters of our own.  Rock Me A cardboard cradle inhabits my character’s dream. Cardboard rockers, cardboard corners fitted by torn

Notes From VCFA

Someone is playing piano in the lounge next to my dorm room at VCFA. It’s raining and a great rush of water pours off the roof and sends cooling air in on the breeze, and the sounds weave through the open window until you can’t

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Thriller Writing

    “Thrillers… lend themselves well to exploring nuances of relationships, secrets, power, truth, beliefs, and survival…”                                                Catherine Linka     What

Beckoning Your Reader

  How do you invite a reader in and tell a story without telling too much? If you’re too cryptic, you risk angering your reader, who will toss your book across the room because he can’t make sense of the story without that key information

Jacket For the Good of Mankind?

For the Good of Mankind?

“Doctors injected orphans with live polio and tuberculosis, they subjected African American slaves to numerous surgeries without anesthesia, and they gave pregnant women drinks laced with radiation. The mentally ill, prisoners, women and children—powerless people without a voice—”   Terrifying and enlightening, Vicki Oransky Wittenstein’s new


Blowing Out To Brightness

A hummingbird was sending its long, delicate beak into the garage window today, trapped inside and trying to escape, able to see the wide world before it but not able, despite its whirring drive, to reach it. My attempts to coax it toward the open

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Novel Edit: Vision and Revision

There’s an old writer’s adage that talking about the plot of your novel is dangerous, since telling the story can dissipate your desire to put it on the page. But there does come a time when discussing your plot can really help. At least that’s

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Meaning and Metaphor

    More thoughts on fully realizing your fictional world…  No matter how fantastical or faraway your fictional world, it begins inside you, as the writer. We are all from some place, even if we are displaced. All a product of what we know and