Monthly Archives: September 2015

WHY YOU HAVE NO CHOICE ABOUT MS WORD

Covering a little bit of previously-explored territory, let’s talk about formatting and the tools you have available to you to make sure that once your short story or novel leaves your computer and attempts to make its way in the … Continue reading

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OUTLINING WITH NOTE CARDS 3: THE “PLOTTING UNDER PRESSURE” METHOD

On August 18th I challenged myself to actually do some of the writing exercises I’ve recommended to others. That led to one success and one failure. The last of them we’ll cover this week, as part of a series of … Continue reading

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DON’T BE HATIN’ ON PROLOGUES

In the current run of the online Worldbuilding course I teach for Writer’s Digest University, a couple of the student/authors mentioned a bias against prologues. But this wasn’t cast as a sort of “I think most people don’t like them,” … Continue reading

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EXERCISE TWO . . . ATTEMPTED

On August 18th, I promised to attempt some of the writing exercises I’ve been encouraging others to do. After a successful attempt at writing longhand while simultaneously writing to an illustration I posted ages ago, this morning I finally (a … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XVIII: STILL WRITING

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

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