Category Archives: Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels

LESTER DENT’S WAVE THOSE TAGS, PART 1: FIND A NAME

I’ve been running an online Pulp Fiction Workshop, which uses as its starting point author Lester Dent’s famous “Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot,” and you’ve seen it quoted here several times in various contexts. But Dent (co-creator and principle author … Continue reading

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IT IS TO BE A BLOG POST ABOUT STARTING WITH A THEME

Everything everyone has ever written is about something. Even the simplest note has some underlying message, every shopping list begins with some intent, even if it’s as simple as “every home needs toilet paper” or as personal as “the things … Continue reading

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LOOKING BACK AT “32 OF LOVECRAFT’S FAVORITE WORDS”

This post originally appeared on the blog Mel Odom and I set up for the Arron of the Black Forest series—a series that stopped, unfortunately, at the first book—but looking back at this I thought it was worth sharing again, … Continue reading

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AUTHORS ON IDEAS

I read what other authors have to say about writing. I wouldn’t say I read that “obsessively,” but definitely “regularly.” You should be doing that to—and, I guess, if you’re reading this right now . . . you are! Though I don’t do … Continue reading

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PLEASE STOP USING INITIAL CAPS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CREATIVITY

I know for sure that as a reader of fantasy, and to a slightly lesser degree, science fiction, you have run across a common word with an initial cap used to convey some special emphasis, or just general “specialness,” and … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEW XXII: MARK GOTTLIEB

Literary agent Mark Gottlieb began his publishing career while still at Emerson College, where he helped establish Wilde Press. After a stint at Berkley Books, Mark went to the Trident Media Group, Publishers Marketplace’s number one ranked literary agency, first … Continue reading

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OUR FLIGHT TIME TODAY WILL BE…?

This post does contain spoilers through the episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones that aired Sunday, August 20, 2017 (Season 7, episode 6: “Beyond the Wall”), so read accordingly.   GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS FOLLOW: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!   … Continue reading

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