Monthly Archives: April 2014

CONTRACTIONS AREN’T BAD

I’ve often cited various common writing habits as being indicative of less experienced writers, and a few—like excessive capitalization of common nouns—as peculiar to the SF and fantasy genres. Well, here’s another one, and the one I seem to see … Continue reading

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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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