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Joe Ponepinto is a senior editor at
Orca, A Literary Journal.
He’s the author of the novels
. He writes, edits, and teaches in western Washington.
Don’t Tease Your Reader. Get to the Tension and Keep It Rising
If you write knowing how the story will end, you’ll deprive readers of the tension that comes from putting obstacles ...
May 27, 2021
The End May Only Be the Beginning: Infusing New Life Into Your Fiction
One editor’s technique to add narrative tension, deepen characterization, and force you to think past the original boundaries of a ...
December 9, 2020
To Avoid Rejection, Take the Writer Out of the Story
Experienced editors look for a story so engrossing the reader forgets that he’s reading—story in which the author’s voice seems ...
September 3, 2020