Monthly Archives: August 2016

A BREAK FOR SOME SCIENCE NEWS

Despite the doom and gloom that seems to have settled over the poor beleaguered U.S. of A. lately, there’s some fascinating things happening, news of which is buried somewhere under the presidential campaign that’s ripping the country apart at the … Continue reading

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THE GHOSTWRITER’S LAMENT

This morning I read the article “Trump’s Boswell Speaks” by Jane Mayer in the July 25, 2016 issue of The New Yorker. I’m not in the slightest fraction a Donald Trump supporter, but something about the story of Trump’s The … Continue reading

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PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE

I don’t necessarily like to go back and revisit things, but today I thought I’d take a look back at four previous Fantasy Author’s Handbook posts and see if I’ve managed to take my own advice, correct my own shortcomings, … Continue reading

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THE DIFFERENCE (IF ANY) BETWEEN AN AUTHOR AND A WRITER

I’m happy to admit that over the course of my own career, in reference to both myself and others, I’ve used the words “writer” and “author” entirely interchangeably. In my mind they have always been synonyms. But lately I’ve started … Continue reading

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ALL THE STORY STRUCTURE YOU’LL EVER NEED

I don’t avoid a lot of subjects when it comes to writing fiction, but story structure has always set me cringing a bit. Okay, yes, I teach an online course based on Lester Dent’s pulp fiction “formula,” and I’m (unfortunately) … Continue reading

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