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Journalism to fiction: The path I took

April 17, 2015

Michael Stephen Daigle

On May 1, I’ll be a presenter at the ASJA Annual Writers Conference in New York. I’ll be on a panel discussing the topic, “From Journalism to Novelist: Making the Transition.”

Here’s some of what I hope to discuss.

In my case, the trail was from fiction to journalism and back to fiction.

I had written two full novels and some couple dozen short stories by the time I was 25. I became a full time newspaper guy in my early 30s.

The short stories were as much note taking as actual stories, a way to encapsulate a scene with characters, a thought, one way just to jot down something that I might want to look at again.

Some of those stories are collected in an ebook, “The Resurrection of Leo.”

The two novels were just good enough to be bad. Entertaining but honestly they could have been better.


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