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DOING MY OWN WRITING EXERCISES, PART 4: A LIST OF LISTS

In an effort to actually do the writing exercises I’ve recommended here (and elsewhere), I’ve already done my list of titles, writing to an image, sort of a failure on a dialog exercise, and writing to a random story prompt. … Continue reading

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THE FIVE-MINUTE STORY

Well, the idea for a story in five minutes, anyway. Actually writing it will take somewhat longer! I’ve described my own efforts at writing to prompts and writing based on images—but what if we can’t draw or want to actually … Continue reading

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NOTES FOR A NOVEL THAT I WILL (PROBABLY) NEVER WRITE

“The point of my keeping a notebook has never been, nor is it now, to have an accurate factual record of what I have been doing or thinking,” wrote Joan Didion in her essay “On Keeping a Notebook.” “That would … Continue reading

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BEGIN WITH MOVEMENT

Starting, once again, with the basic caveat that there is no one way to always do anything in creative fiction, and the advice I’m about to give is not meant to be blindly applied to every single sentence you ever … Continue reading

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COMMANDER, COMMAND THYSELF… PART 2

On December 26th, I made some New Years Resolutions, publically, here at Fantasy Author’s Handbook. Then I came back on January 9 to report on my progress, bemoaning my lack of progress getting back to my own writing. Now I’m … Continue reading

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ONCE MORE INTO THE PULPS, BEGINNING TO END

I know, you’re sick of me talking about the old pulp magazines, apologizing for their endemic sexism and casual racism, and pointing to this great science fiction author, the other groundbreaking fantasy author, and every significant early twentieth century author … Continue reading

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JUST . . . WRITE

Last week I posted a short story called “Do You Want Me to Leave You Alone While You Cry?” I wrote this story in exactly 85 minutes, longhand, with a cheap pen using up just a smidge more than five … Continue reading

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