Category Archives: how to write fiction

WORK IN PROGRESS OR WORKS IN PROGRESS?

If you follow me on GoodReads, or this blog for that matter, you know by now that I switch between four books at any given time. I switch off between one science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel; one “literary” work of … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING MATT ADELSPERGER

If you know me from TSR/Wizards of the Coast and the Forgotten Realms novel line, you’ve seen the work of Matt Adelsperger, who died yesterday, very suddenly, and far too young. I worked with Matt at both TSR in Lake … Continue reading

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WRITE SOMETHING OF VALUE TODAY

I am a to-do-lister. I live (more or less) by the to do list. Every day, on my calendar, which, thanks to the kind folks at Apple, syncs between my computer and phone, I have, usually at 9:00 am—but that’s … Continue reading

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STAY OUT OF YOUR STORY

I’ve said this before and will say it again here: the most important rule for contemporary authors of fiction is one scene, one POV (point of view). Beware the temptation of so-called “third person omniscient,” which is better described as “third person … Continue reading

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FOR INSTANCE, THIS STORY

A few weeks ago I challenged everybody to write short stories in order to gather up some rejections—and acceptances. This week I’d like to share one of my own short stories—and it’s very short, only 314 words. I wrote this pretty quickly, thought … Continue reading

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YOU’RE DOING IT COMPLETELY WRONG AND YOU ARE DOOMED TO FAIL!

…or so you might think. There are a lot of ways authors… hell, people in general… find their way to this point, but for aspiring authors, I have a feeling that point is reached after too much exposure to people … Continue reading

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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

…or it was a record-shattering heatwave, or it was a once-in-a-lifetime flood season, or it was a freak early-season blizzard, or… For the past three days, and with another hot day ahead, I’ve been suffering through a short-term weather crisis, … Continue reading

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WRITE SHORT STORIES, GET REJECTED

In 2017, after attending a seminar on the importance of failure in art, I wrote a post called “Your Pile of Failures” that included this advice: Think of it as basic supply and demand. If you only have one of … Continue reading

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WHO IS PHILIP ATHANS NOW?

Fantasy Authors Handbook snuck out into the world exactly twelve years ago today. My first post was a long-form author bio, in the hope of introducing myself to the world. On the occasion of this anniversary, I thought it time to … Continue reading

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THE BEST OF FANTASY AUTHORS HANDBOOK IS ALMOST HERE!

Releasing in paperback and Kindle formats next week, The Best of Fantasy Authors Handbook, Volume I 2009-2013collects fifty-eight of the first five years’ worth of posts, most (at least a little) expanded, revised, and/or updated for this volume. Here is the … Continue reading

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