Category Archives: Science Fiction Story

ARE YOU ATTENDING A CONFERENCE THIS YEAR?

Or are you taking a continuing education class? Going to writing seminars at conventions? What are you doing this year to improve your craft? And yes, this is at least partially an introduction to a plug . . . On Thursday afternoon I … Continue reading

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WHAT MAKES A MONSTER SCARY?

The clock is ticking on the imminent release of Writing Monsters, so how about a full chapter to whet your appetite? I’d like to meet the first person who ever ate a lobster. Imagine being the first to pick up … Continue reading

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WORLDBUILDING NEEDS YOU!

I hate to do it, but this one is primarily for Seattle-area people . . . The next eight-week session of my Worldbuilding class at Bellevue College is starting on July 1, and there are still spots open. Register now! If you do … Continue reading

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THE PALE BLUE DOT

Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, … Continue reading

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR (YOU)

Admit it, you’ve struggled over writing your bio. I know you have. We all have. But there’s hope, believe me. A short, one-paragraph bio is something every author needs, but there’s no one right way to do it, no “must … Continue reading

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CHEKHOV’S GUN AND THE MENTAL INVENTORY

Attributed to the Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, from somewhere around the last decade or so of the ninetieth century, “Chekhov’s Gun” has been commonly translated as: If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the … Continue reading

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WRITING MONSTERS

At last it can be revealed in all its glory: my upcoming book from Writer’s Digest: Writing Monsters. Picking up where The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction left off, at least in the case of monsters, this book … Continue reading

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“SOME BASIC DIALOG TIPS,” PHIL SUGGESTED

I have taught my one-day seminar Living Dialog a few times already and have had the best time with that session. It’s coming up again in the spring and I’ve been thinking about it, and thinking lately about some basic … Continue reading

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ONE HUNDRED TITLES

Last week I mentioned a list of a hundred titles I wrote out as an exercise to stave off writer’s block and lamented that I no longer had the file, but lo and behold, I did! It was a bit … Continue reading

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SCIENCE FICTION CAN BE FUN AGAIN

But that’ll be up to us. I tend to read both science fiction and fantasy from the opposite ends of the spectrum. I love new, avant garde, experimental (whatever you want to call it) literary SF and fantasy by the … Continue reading

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