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CAN I PAY ATTENTION MORE? SHOULD I?

Before we go any farther, please click on over to the TED Talk site and watch Amishi Jha’s talk “How to Tame Your Wandering Mind.” Got it? Okay. I have no idea how this video came to my attention, but … 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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HOW TO GET MIDDLE CLASS SLOWLY BY WRITING FICTION

I don’t think I’ve ever done this, so how about a long-overdue post on the crass subject of coin? “Everybody thought I was crazy. A writer, you know—he’s just a sort of crackpot. My wife would get some of my … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

If you had asked me—pretty much at any time in my life up to the moment, yesterday afternoon, that I had the idea for this post—if I liked instrumental music I would have said no. At least . “No, not … 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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