Tag Archives: Philip Athans

PICK MY BRAIN

Yuck. I’ve always hated that phrase. But thanks to my good friends at Writer’s Digest, there’s now an easy, simple, anyone-can-use way to get me on the phone for a substantive talk about your work in progress, questions about publishing, … Continue reading

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WRITING MONSTERS

At last it can be revealed in all its glory: my upcoming book from Writer’s Digest: Writing Monsters. Picking up where The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction left off, at least in the case of monsters, this book … Continue reading

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CAUTION: ADVERBS CROSSING

I’ve talked with editors who will rant and rave, practically foam at the mouth, on the subject of adverbs. I remember reading Stephen King’s warnings against same. I once went through an author’s manuscript with a search for ly and … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XV: WHY I WRITE

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think science fiction and fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may … Continue reading

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SOME DIALOG TIPS: WE KNOW WHO HE’S TALKING TO

I teach a three-hour, one-day seminar called Living Dialog, and that class, itself inspired by a blog post, has inspired more than one more, including this one. Here’s something that I see from less experienced authors way too often, and … Continue reading

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MORE TRAVELLER . . . FINALLY!

It’s been way too long getting the new fiction line for Marc Miller’s latest version of the venerable role-playing game Traveller up and running, and I have to admit that most of that is my fault, but at last . . . The … Continue reading

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DIALOG EXERCISE: TIME, PLACE, AND GENRE

In my one-day seminar Living Dialog, I give each student this little excerpt from Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey and ask them to rewrite it so it’s set in a time, place, and/or genre of their choice. … Continue reading

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INFORMED CONSENT: YOUR EDITOR AND YOU

The legal concept of “informed consent” tends to be applied mainly to doctors, but in thinking about the (typical) author/editor relationship, it got me thinking . . . The American Medical Association guidelines on informed consent for their member physicians read: Informed consent … Continue reading

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EXPLORING STORYIST 2: THE DULL THUD

A few weeks ago I posted about how I bought and installed Storyist and that I was beginning to explore it to see if it would be a good replacement for Word, and help me get writing more. It was … Continue reading

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SOME COPY TIPS

Cover copy, sell copy, catalog copy, web copy . . . the reality is that unless you, your editor, or some other helpful soul writes this, your book will forever be overlooked. Though yes, it is possible to present a book without … Continue reading

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