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WHOSE POV SHOULD IT BE?

Building a bit on my post from three weeks ago, “Write What Your Characters Know,” which was really all about point of view (POV), let’s look at one fundamental question every fiction author needs to ask at the beginning of … Continue reading

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WRITE WHAT YOUR CHARACTERS KNOW

By now I think we’ve generally disposed of the old saw: Write what you know. This is, in any case, especially bad advice if what you’re writing can in any way be described as fantasy, science fiction, or horror. If … Continue reading

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PANTSING MY WAY THROUGH AN OUTLINE

In an effort to dispel the ongoing nonsense “battle” between pantsers—authors who get an idea and start writing “by the seat of their pants”—and plotters—authors who write detailed outlines to which they slavishly adhere throughout the writing process—I’d like to show you … Continue reading

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TIMES NEW ROMAN 12, THE ONLY FONT YOU’LL EVER NEED

Times New Roman was created by Stanley Morrison, a type designer, and Victor Lardent, a draftsman, in 1932 for the prestigious Times of London, which had the font “tested by the highest ophthalmic authority” after following the recommendations of the British … Continue reading

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SOME THOUGHTS ON HORROR

All fiction is shared experience. Authors reach out to some unknown other people, across time and distance, and say: “I felt this.” We look to horror in the same way we look to all genres of fiction, to experience what … 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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PUBLISHING SEASON IS… WHEN?

To be able to earn a living as a freelance writer in this country is damned hard; there are very few people who can do that. —Hunter S. Thompson So you’re done with your book. It’s as good as you … Continue reading

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RANDOM LESSONS FROM RANDOM BOOKS

Just a couple weeks ago I said again that writers should always be reading, that we can learn more from reading the work of others than we can in most courses or books on writing. This is true—if we’re actively reading. I love … Continue reading

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WRITERS ON READING

I read what you read                              you do not read what I read which is right, I am the one with the curiosity             you read for some mysterious reason                                               I read simply because I am a writer —Frank O’Hara, “St. Paul … Continue reading

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HI, TALL GIRL, MY NAME IS EYE PATCH, PLEASED TO MEET YOU

Bear with me this week while I vent my frustrations with the vile horror of descriptive placeholder semi-nicknames to differentiate thugs and other tertiary characters who don’t seem worthy of a name, but Eye Patch or Tall Girl may as … Continue reading

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