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READ THIS INTERVIEW WITH RAY BRADBURY

This week, I’m just going to toss this over to The Paris Review and an interview with the great Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203. Read this interview while you still can—it might drop back behind their paywall. In any case, … Continue reading

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ON “THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER”

Even if you aren’t writing hardboiled detective, crime, or mystery stories, I think pulp grandmaster Raymond Chandler’s 1950 introduction to “The Simple Art of Murder” is a must-read. Here he dissects the traditional mystery and really seems to be dismantling … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEW XXII: J.V. HILLIARD

Normally I write up a little bio for these interviews, but the one J.V. Hilliard sent me was so much fun, I’m just pasting it in as is. Take this as a fun example of a “non-standard” (read: non-boring) author … Continue reading

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JUST THROWING THIS STUFF OUT THERE…

“Work as joy, inaccessible to the psychologists.” —Kafka Okay, I have to admit it, I haven’t put a lot of thought into this week’s post, but damn it, I’m going to post something of value! I’ve just been super swamped with multiple … Continue reading

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THE BEST OF FANTASY AUTHORS HANDBOOK IS ALMOST HERE!

Releasing in paperback and Kindle formats next week, The Best of Fantasy Authors Handbook, Volume I 2009-2013collects fifty-eight of the first five years’ worth of posts, most (at least a little) expanded, revised, and/or updated for this volume. Here is the … Continue reading

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INSPIRATIONAL WORDS ABOUT INSPIRATION

“Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.” —Rod Serling What inspires us to write? What inspired this story idea or inspired you to sit down that day and write something… anything? … Continue reading

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CONVENTION ETIQUETTE FOR PROS & PANELISTS

Last week I advised that, at conventions, you behave at like a decent person with normal human levels of empathy and perfectly obvious ethical standards. Even though I know you didn’t need that advice because you’re not a cave-dwelling nitwit, … Continue reading

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MOSTLY WEAKNESS, JUST A LITTLE STRENGTH

In one of the written lectures for my Advanced Horror Workshop, which, yes, starts up this week—thanks for asking!—I get into the idea of starting with characters not necessarily defined by, but with some weakness, some thing that prevents them … Continue reading

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THE RELIGION OF FANTASY AND THE FANTASY OF RELIGION

Believe it or not, I actually try to avoid talking about religion, both publically and privately. It’s a subject that either makes me scared, angry, or disappointed—mostly disappointed—except when it has to do with fantasy. Yes, I’ll admit it, I … 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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