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JURY DUTY

…and not the Pauly Shore movie. I wish! I’m pretty sure this is officially the latest I’ve ever posted our regular Tuesday get-together, but I spent a much longer day than I’d bargained for serving on a jury. I know, … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 1: THE ONE WEIRD THING

Lately I’ve been quoting H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” for added wisdom about atmosphere and inspiration, and though this direct little essay contains some real wisdom, it’s also lacking a bit in depth. One paragraph stands out … Continue reading

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FINDING THE PERSONAL IN THE PROCEDURAL

Lately I’ve been reading some stories that suffer from an excess of what I refer to as procedural description. This is description that moves characters from place to place or otherwise handles bits of logistics, organization, or worldbuilding and that … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE YOUR “TROPES”?

The word “trope” actually describes a figurative or metaphorical turn of phrase that swaps in a new meaning in place of the literal meaning of a word or phrase. You can get a clearer sense of the original meaning of … Continue reading

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BE OPEN TO INSPIRATION

Harlan Ellison, one of my absolute writing idols, was kind enough to let me borrow a quote from him for The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, an oft-repeated bit of snark in answer to the question “Where do … Continue reading

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LAST THINGS FIRST, FIRST THINGS MIDDLE

There is no law that says you have to start writing with the first line of Chapter One (or the Prologue, which we know is perfectly fine to have in your book). I’ve know that other authors write books in … Continue reading

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WHAT WE MEAN BY “ATMOSPHERE”

When we say “atmosphere” in the context of writing we don’t mean the layer of air that surrounds the planet, but the layer of feeling that surrounds your characters. I like Dee White’s definition of “atmosphere,” in this context, from … Continue reading

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