Tag Archives: Philip Athans

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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THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO EVERY CHARACTER

Let’s talk briefly about characters. And that’s a subject it’s hard for me to talk briefly about. But some things I’ve been reading recently, including agent and Fantasy Author’s Handbook interviewee Donald Maass’s controversial post at Writer Unboxed, have got … Continue reading

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