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WHAT WE MEAN BY “ATMOSPHERE”

When we say “atmosphere” in the context of writing we don’t mean the layer of air that surrounds the planet, but the layer of feeling that surrounds your characters. I like Dee White’s definition of “atmosphere,” in this context, from … Continue reading

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TRY TO VS. TRY AND

Imagine me starting this post with my usual admission that sometimes rules of grammar and usage, as applied by me, are as often “pet peeves” and even my own ingrained colloquialisms than they are hard and fast, unbreakable commandments. Here’s … Continue reading

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THE SNAPPER, THE PUNCH LINE TO END 2016

This is the last Fantasy Author’s Handbook post of 2016, which got me thinking about some of my past year-end wrap ups and New Years resolutions, and so on. I won’t belabor the general crappiness of this past year, when … Continue reading

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ANOTHER POST ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

I know . . . why do we put ourselves through this? I won’t get into the whole War on Christmas thing or what that day does or doesn’t mean to me. Who cares, right? If you’re a Christian, well, then Merry Christmas! … Continue reading

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NEXT EXERCISE: THE RANDOM PROMPT

Last August I made the promise that I would actually go off and do some of the writing exercises I’ve suggested here and in my online courses. I had a little success with some—wrote a maybe okay rough draft of … Continue reading

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CAN I CALL THIS A “QUALIFIED WIN”?

I didn’t get to the 50,000-word mark at the end of November, and you know what? I feel no guilt at all, no sense of failure, no feeling of inadequacy. And if you also started NaNoWriMo this year and didn’t … 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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