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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 2: WHY IT’S HERE

This is the second part of a five-part series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” in which one paragraph stood out for me as the beginnings of a horror/weird fantasy manifesto: Each weird story—to speak more … Continue reading

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RANDOM PLOTS & WRITING PROMPTS

This morning I ran across the article “Plot Devices: Help for Writing Your Yarn” by Edward J. Wood, which looks at, primarily, three sources for plot ideas: George Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations, Plotto by William Wallace Cook, and Wycliffe A. … Continue reading

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LEAVE ME OUT OF IT, PLEASE

Election Day is upon us. Well, finally. I guess. I’m staying off of social media today. I know you don’t want to hear my opinion of any of the candidates, and to be frank I have not the slightest interest … Continue reading

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ALL THE STORY STRUCTURE YOU’LL EVER NEED

I don’t avoid a lot of subjects when it comes to writing fiction, but story structure has always set me cringing a bit. Okay, yes, I teach an online course based on Lester Dent’s pulp fiction “formula,” and I’m (unfortunately) … Continue reading

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FAREWELL, SF SIGNAL, AND YOU’RE WELCOME FOR ALL THE FISH

On May 5, 2016, barely more than two weeks ago, John DeNardo announced that the venerable SF Signal mega-blog would be shutting down for good. I was blown away—crushed, even. At the top of my browser are a bunch of … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 6: ANTICIPATION

Robert Plutchik, professor emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identified eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. I’ve seen similar lists from experts as varied as Donald Maass and Tony Robbins. Some are a … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 5: SURPRISE

Robert Plutchik, professor emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identified eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. I’ve seen similar lists from experts as varied as Donald Maass and Tony Robbins. Some are a … Continue reading

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