Category Archives: Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels

PILE ON THE HUGE: SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY ON (OR OFF) A BUDGET

I didn’t want to just re-post every one of the guets posts I wrote for Grasping for the Wind nine or ten years ago. And in any case I was looking only for those that still felt relevant, but I … Continue reading

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IS SCIENCE FICTION BAD FOR US?

This article was originally guest-posted on the now defunct blog Grasping for the Wind in December of 2010. As I promised a few weeks ago, I’ll resurrect a few of those dozen or so posts, depending on how they’ve aged. … Continue reading

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FIVE THINGS EVERY ASPIRING AUTHOR SHOULD KNOW

This article was originally guest-posted on the now defunct blog Grasping for the Wind in November of 2010. As I promised last week, I’ll resurrect a few of those dozen or so posts, starting with these five nuggets for those … Continue reading

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FANTASY AUTHOR’S REFRESH

Time to update and refresh Fantasy Author’s Handbook! I’ve made a few long overdue changes to Fantasy Author’s Handbook, mostly weeding out old links, pages that are showing their age, and so on. I’m not changing any content or deleting … Continue reading

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WHY NOT POETRY, TOO?

For the better part of the last half of the twentieth century and all of the twenty-first, so far, the money for creative writers has been in screenplays. This is where you might actually make a million dollars selling a … Continue reading

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FAREWELL TO THE OBJECTIVIST “HERO”

If you’ve been following Fantasy Author’s Handbook for any length of time you know how reluctant I am to get into politics—something I avoid not just in my work but in my day-to-day life to the absolute best of my … Continue reading

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WHEN CHARACTERS PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

Almost all of us are engaging, this first full week of April, 2020, in some version of “stay home, stay healthy,” or “shelter in place,” while CORVID-19 continues to have its way with us. I won’t get into why we’re … Continue reading

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ESCAPE INTO ENLIGHTENMENT

I’m writing this in a strange and frightening time. Strange, I think, for just about everyone, and frightening in different ways and to different degrees for different people. I live in the Seattle area, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading

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CAN YOU LEARN GOOD STORYTELLING FROM A BAD WRITER?

The next run of my online Pulp Fiction Workshop starts up day after tomorrow (March 5) and it’s got me thinking about pulp “master” Lester Dent again. The course centers around the famous “how to” article “Pulp Paper Master Fiction … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF THE MACGUFFIN

Apparently coined by screenwriter Angus MacPhail, maybe in the late 1930s, a MacGuffin is a story device that’s as old as stories themselves. Hell, the Golden Fleece is a MacGuffin. Let’s let Alfred Hitchcock, one of the all time masters … Continue reading

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