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SELECTIONS FROM THE HORROR WRITING INTENSIVE

This coming Thursday (January 25, 2018), my online course Horror Writing Intensive: Analyzing the Work of Genre Master Stephen King, via Writers Digest, starts up again and so I thought I’d give y’all a little sample of what that looks … Continue reading

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COMMANDER, COMMAND THYSELF

A couple weeks ago I made some New Years Resolutions, publically, here at Fantasy Author’s Handbook. So far—a whole nine days into 2018—of those three resolutions, I’ve totally nailed two. I immediately stopped snacking, removed most meat and all processed … Continue reading

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DO I REALLY HAVE TO WRITE ANOTHER CHRISTMAS POST?

I don’t want to, and I honestly don’t have to. If I feel some pressure to do so, that’s coming from me, not from the outside. But anyway, what do I say about Christmas? I don’t know… if you celebrate … Continue reading

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HOW CHARACTERS SEE THEMSELVES IN RELATION TO OTHER CHARACTERS

In Joe M. McDermott’s novel The Fortress at the End of Time, Ensign Aldo has just come to a remote space station. The commanding officer is a bit of a fallen tyrant, but still, young Aldo thinks: I felt alone, … Continue reading

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A LITTLE ABOUT ENDINGS

I’ve written about starting a novel or short story, and what you might need to know or do to get started writing or what elements readers will respond to in the first sentence, paragraph, or page, but I’ve written very … Continue reading

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MOVING FORWARD WITH BACKWARD

As a copy editor, I’ve changed the word backwards to backward probably ten thousand times. Like the word towards, which I whined about in detail for other reasons, the difference between backward and backwards is likewise symbolized by the Atlantic … Continue reading

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WHAT READERS DO WITH YOUR WRITING

A little bit ago, I wrote a post on the subject of theme—what your book is really about. There I suggested you think, in reasonably concrete terms, what you’re actually trying to say with your novel. Then move forward with … Continue reading

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