Category Archives: writing science fiction

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

I work with a lot of young/aspiring authors and time and again I find them suffering over the subject of naming characters and places. Placeholders abound, names from other works like the Forgotten Realms or Game of Thrones start to … Continue reading

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PULP AND SEXISM

With another round of my online Pulp Fiction Workshop starting up this week, I’ve been looking at a lot of old pulp magazine covers again, and continuing to read a lot of old pulp stories—even full issues of magazines. And even … Continue reading

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HARLAN ELLISON (1934-2018)

Oh, I so don’t want to write this post. Though I can’t actually claim to count Harlan Ellison among my many friends in the genre publishing universe, I will unashamedly claim him as my unofficial mentor, my primary inspiration, and … Continue reading

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READ, THINK, WRITE, REPEAT

Stephen King said it best: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” He’s 100% correct on that point, so I’m going to go ahead and assume that … Continue reading

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GIVE TILL IT FEELS GOOD!

For a while now I’ve made it a point to donate $25 a week, every Friday, to charity. I’ve given a little money to a lot of good causes, and from the beginning I’ve had a tendency to lean toward … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXII: THE WORLD SPLIT OPEN

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy (and science fiction and horror and all other) authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and … Continue reading

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A SERIES OF POSTS ON MOTIVATION: CONTRIBUTION

And finally, this week we’ll focus in on the sixth and last of the “Six Human Needs” I introduced a few weeks ago: contribution. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this one comes last, since in more ways than do … Continue reading

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