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Lucy A. Snyder
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Author of books, servant of cats.
Author of books, servant of cats.

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Fiction story ideas are all around us. It’s not a matter of finding them so much as just opening your eyes and seeing them. A story idea could come from a bit of overheard conversation, a photograph, a brief article in the newspaper, or an old family…
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Hi everyone! If you’ve been enjoying the writing articles and reviews I’ve been posting on my website, please consider supporting me at Patreon! The goal of my Patreon is to provide my readers with great content while enabling me to focus on the kind of…
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Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Red Tree is a dizzying weird gothic novel that chronicles the final months of a writer named Sarah Crowe as she grieves for her dead girlfriend, wrestles with writer’s block and tries to unravel the dark mysteries behind the…
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E.M. Forster is not known as a speculative fiction author, but his story “The Machine Stops” (originally published in 1909) is an extremely good example of dark science fiction from that era. It presents a post-apocalyptic world that initially appears to…
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The new anthology Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders was just released by Crystal Lake Publishing, and it’s already a bestseller on Amazon. It contains my story “Hazelnuts and Yummy Mummies” and I’m excited to be sharing a table of…
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People have asked me about my experiences in Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program, so I thought I would post about it. Hopefully this will help anyone thinking of pursuing his or her own MFA. I have been writing for…
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It’s pretty easy to confuse a braided novel with a fix-up novel. What’s the difference? A braided novel follows multiple viewpoint characters, each of whom has his or her own story, and the stories interweave and converge at or near the climax of the…
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A shared world anthology (also known as a shared universe anthology) is a type of themed anthology in which the writers create works – usually stories, but sometime poetry or sequential art – exploring the same fictional world. If the fictional world is…
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A themed anthology is a book-length work containing short stories, essays or poetry all written by different authors on the same theme, concept or topic. Themed short story anthologies are very common, and make up the majority of anthologies from major…
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Most avid fiction fans have probably read plenty of fix-ups, but they might not know the term for this type of book. A fix-up is a collection of short fiction in which the stories are linked so that the whole thing works as a coherent piece of long…
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