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“SOME BASIC DIALOG TIPS,” PHIL SUGGESTED

I have taught my one-day seminar Living Dialog a few times already and have had the best time with that session. It’s coming up again in the spring and I’ve been thinking about it, and thinking lately about some basic … Continue reading

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SEPTEMBER 7: NATIONAL BUY A BOOK DAY (AGAIN!)

This article first appeared on August 19, 2010 on John Ottinger’s Grasping for the Wind. With National Buy a Book Day coming up again this Saturday, I thought I’d go ahead and re-run that original post here. Though some of … Continue reading

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WHAT READERS RESPOND TO IN A HERO

In a previous post I recommended the book Writing the Breakout Novel by agent Donald Maass. Late last week I was putting together an outline for a new novella and referred back to that book and the notes I made … Continue reading

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BUY A BOOK ON FRIDAY

So much to write about. PAX Prime was last weekend. The fall term of my class, Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, starts on the 20th. New projects abound—a few of which I can even talk about publically! Nirvana Gates by J.M. … Continue reading

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TO SWEAR OR NOT TO SWEAR

Authors have an awful lot to think about when we sit down to write a book or short story (or script, or whatever), and one of those things is audience. Who is it you expect to read this book? Believe … Continue reading

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NATIONAL BUY A BOOK DAY IS HERE AGAIN

Tomorrow is September 7th, which as you all hopefully know by now is National Buy a Book Day. Here’s what you do: 1. Go to a bookstore. 2. Pick out a book. 3. Buy it. A simple, three-step process—a fairly … Continue reading

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SELF-PUBLISHED E-BOOKS ARE LOSING READERS DUE TO BAD EDITING

Yes? No? This was the question I asked of a number of people, mostly myself, after seeing all sorts of circumstantial evidence to prove that this was true. I say “circumstantial evidence” because what I’m responding to, mostly, are online … Continue reading

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STEP FIVE ERRATA & ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Is there such a thing as a perfect book? If there is, I haven’t read one, let alone written one. One of the things I’d hoped to accomplish with this blog was not just to promote the book but to … Continue reading

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NATIONAL BUY A BOOK DAY

Is it National Buy a Book Day already? YES IT IS! Wait, what the hell am I talking about? If you haven’t heard already, today you are instructed, at least encouraged, to go to ANY book store and buy ANY … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEWS VIII: ETHAN ELLENBERG

As part of the process of writing The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, I interviewed a few key players in the SF/fantasy community. Their wisdom and generosity is liberally sprinkled throughout the book, but I couldn’t use every … Continue reading

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