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10 Free Stories by George Saunders, Author of “Tenth of December,” “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year”   Leave a comment

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George Saunders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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For writers and serious readers, George Saunders is anything but a newcomer. Saunders published his first short story with The New Yorkerback in 1992, and his new stories have regularly debuted in the magazine’s Fiction section ever since. Over the years, he has gained the reputation of being a “writer’s writer,” with authors like Tobias Wolff saying about Saunders: “He’s been one of the luminous spots of our literature for the past 20 years.” But despite his literary accomplishments, and despite winning the prestigious MacArthur award in 2006, George Saunders never quite became a household name until January 6 of this year. On that day,The New York Times published an article with the title, “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year,” a pretty bold declaration given that 2013 still had 359 days to go. Since then, Saunders has found himself in the limelight talking about Tenth of December, his newly-published collection of short stories. You can watch him give a reading at Google above, or make appearances on the PBS News Hour and The Colbert Report.

If you’re not familiar with Saunders’ writing, then we have you covered. Below we’ve collected 10 stories by the author, all free to read online. Even better, the list features three stories from Tenth of Decemberincluding the story after which the book takes its name. All stories from the new collection have an asterisk next to the title.

CHARACTER ANALYSIS SHEET (From Art of Storytelling)   3 comments


Art of Storytelling©

Develop your character, whether for novels, short stories or memoir, by filling in all the information you can below. Then write a few paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper about this character. Now, watch how much easier it is to develop this character within the novel. Name: Age: Sex: Place of birth: Physical appearance: How does this character feel about the way he or she looks? Describe the character’s childhood in terms of: relationship to parents relationship to siblings relationship to other key people in his or her youth lifestyle while growing up education childhood activities (hobbies, interests) location (s) where he, or she grew up. Describe the character’s education during and after secondary school, as well as any military service. Describe the character’s current relationship to: Parents Siblings Other key people from his or her youth Describe the character’s romantic life (Married, involved?) and any relevant background (e.g., previously married, affairs). Describe the character’s sex life and moral beliefs. Does the character have kids? If so, describe his or her attitude toward children. What is the character’s religious background and current religious belief? What is the character’s occupation? Describe the character’s relationship to his or her boss and co-workers. How does the character feel about his or her job? What are the character’s hobbies and non-work activities? Describe the character’s philosophy of life. Describe the character’s political views. Sum up the main aspect of the character’s personality, including whether he or she is optimistic or pessimistic, an introvert or extrovert, and so forth. What is this character proud of? What is this character ashamed of? Describe the state of the character’s health. How intelligent is the character? What is their greatest strength? What is their fatal flaw? From the “Art of Storytelling” ©

How to Write a Story that Rocks, part 11 of 12   Leave a comment

Twelve Months of Writing Workshops   1 comment

Starting in January 2013, I will offer creative writing workshops one Saturday a month. The elements of fiction are the main topics.

My new website: includes all workshops, time and place as well as novels under Vrint Publishing available on and Kindle. If you live in or near Spring, Texas, or plan to visit, come join the fun and learn at the same time.

The first Workshop is:

“In The Beginning: myths, legends, fables, folklore and fairy tales

 Learn creative writing using the structure of ancient storytelling.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Do you ever sit down in front of a blank page, after finally finishing all of your procrastination, and then just find yourself staring at the blank page with no idea of what to write or where to start?

There’s a brilliant exercise that I read a few years ago, in an incredibly good and depressingly short lived writing magazine, that was all about how to choose your first word when you’re having trouble finding one. It’s quick, as the name suggests. It’s fairly simple, and all you need is a book within easy reach. So I thought I’d share it with you.

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Dialogue Exercise: Eavesdropping   2 comments

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Go to a public place where you can overhear people’s conversations. Listen for strange suggestive sentences that seem to rely on the surrounding circumstances for their full meaning and then take then out of context or not. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Hope you come up with some great dialogue and have fun while you learn!

Writing Prompts: Day Five   Leave a comment

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Obstructions vs Wants

Write a scene where one character wants something and have another character represent the obstruction to that want. Make the want anything, examples of which might include love, a penny, a sister, a shirt , a job, sex, marriage, financial success, a spoon. You can try to resolve the scene or leave it unresolved so you can add to it later. Be overt about the need or be subtle about it. Make sure you use visual and sense-based details, including dialogue to reveal the conflict. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing and have fun while you learn!

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