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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 7: KEEP HUMAN!

Ah, just about perfectly timed, this one. I wish I could say I was some kind of blogging mastermind and actually planned this, scheduling this long series of posts inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing to get right … Continue reading

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WHY ALL THE PRESENT TENSE?

More and more and more and more over the past several years I see novels written in the present tense. Though this isn’t necessarily some new invention, going well back in time to Dickens at least, past tense more or … Continue reading

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YOUR PILE OF FAILURES

On February 1st of 2011 I wrote about the various definitions of “successful” and with six years passed, and two things appearing in front of me at more or less the same time, I thought it time to look at … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF SELF-DISCIPLINE

Despite rejecting the concept of New Years Resolutions, I did start out 2017 with a renewed sense of urgency, a renewed sense of purpose, and the absolute determination to climb my way out of whatever hole I buried myself into … Continue reading

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FINDING THE PERSONAL IN THE PROCEDURAL

Lately I’ve been reading some stories that suffer from an excess of what I refer to as procedural description. This is description that moves characters from place to place or otherwise handles bits of logistics, organization, or worldbuilding and that … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE YOUR “TROPES”?

The word “trope” actually describes a figurative or metaphorical turn of phrase that swaps in a new meaning in place of the literal meaning of a word or phrase. You can get a clearer sense of the original meaning of … Continue reading

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BE OPEN TO INSPIRATION

Harlan Ellison, one of my absolute writing idols, was kind enough to let me borrow a quote from him for The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, an oft-repeated bit of snark in answer to the question “Where do … Continue reading

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