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I’m Not Here Anymore, But Maybe You’ll Follow Me to Somewhere New?

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Thank you, everyone, for following me on 500 Words on Words!

As you might have noticed, I haven’t been exactly cranking out the new posts here for quite some time. This is because of a number of different reasons, none of which I’ll bore you with.

But what IS important is that I’ve returned from the darkness and am again posting and writing things online at my new site:

www.NathanaelGreen.com 

(I know I don’t need the Ws, but it just looks more symmetrical that way.)

That’s where I’ll be posting about my new writing that’s coming out and generally remarking on oddities that catch my interest, including the types of things I’d write about here plus more about writing, maybe some cool photography, and crazy historical facts I’m learning through researching the French & Indian War for a historical fiction I’m writing with author Evan Ronan.

So, if you wouldn’t mind, please check out my new site and feel free to follow along via RSS or email.

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February 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Carefully Crafting Headlines and Barfing Up Titles

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There’s a distinct difference between writing headlines for advertising or marketing copy and writing titles for fiction. Here is that difference:

Writing headlines is an interesting, challenging process where I get to try different techniques
to craft an engaging line to elicit a specific response.

Writing titles sucks.

Oh, I know they’re both in my job description. As a freelance copywriter, I often write multiple headlines in a day. (Here’s an old post on what it is a copywriter really does, just in case you’ve forgotten.) And as a fiction writer, every piece I write needs a title.

So why the big difference? Read the rest of this entry »

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January 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

Can Your Hands Speak 40 Languages?

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I’m always reading and doing research for any number of projects, and occasionally something sticks with me that just continues to be fascinating.

This post is about one of those fascinating things … but prepare yourself.
The more you think about this one, the more interesting it gets.

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I Listen to Podcasts. Wanna Know 6 of ’Em?

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We’re all friends here, so you can admit it:

You’ve always wondered what I’m listening to while I’m folding laundry.

Keep reading for 6 of my favorite podcasts…

Give Me Your Shorts and Win NGEP!

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You WILL give me names.

You had such a great time with my last NGEP contest that I couldn’t in good conscience postpone this one another day.

(Yes. You did have lots of fun. Don’t argue with me.)

Last time, I pretty broadly asked you to recommend your favorite writers. I got everything from Richard Brautigan (whom I’ve since read) to Christopher McDougall (whom I’m reading right now) to Lev Grossman (whose The Magicians is sitting on my to-be-read shelf at home).

Good show, folks, but this time around, I’m looking for something more specific:

Recommend your favorite short stories to win more
Nathanael Green Endorsement Points!

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February 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

Not a Review of The Grey

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Reviews aren’t my forte, especially not of movies. So this isn’t a review.

Instead, it’s a challenge for those of you who’ve got the stomach for it. And an education for anyone trying to tell a story that will wrench your audience’s emotions.

Go see The Grey.

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February 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

“The Slut Buck” is in Apiary Magazine

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What’s the slut buck, you ask?

I know, I know! You’ve been asking this question for YEARS with no good answer. Well, today, dear readers, if you go download the 2011 online issue of Apiary Magazine (which, of course, you should), your curiosity will be slaked with my short story of the same name.

Plus, I hope you’ll check out one of my favorite stories in this issue: “Only Leaves” by Leyla Eraslan—it’s a beautifully told tale of a girl and her tree that doesn’t know it’s a tree. I hope you like it as much as I do.

What? You want MORE reasons?

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July 18, 2011 at 8:24 am