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WRITING OUR WAY OUT OF 2020

I was talking with an author this morning and as has become something of a rule for all conversations now, the subject of the pandemic and “2020” in general came up. In my efforts to move on, personally, from the … Continue reading

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DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING PROCESS

Do you even have one? Have you thought about it much, if at all? First off, if you are writing—if you’re making words appear on a page, and they are pretty good words put into an interesting order… if you’re … Continue reading

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WHY WAIT TILL 2021?

I know 2020 has been challenging for, well… pretty much everyone, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2021 to at least be better, less miserable, less divisive, less deadly. I have no superstitious or metaphysical component to my … Continue reading

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A CASE FOR LITERARY FANTASY

…and science fiction and horror and… every other genre has been made before, and now it’s my turn. I have turned to this subject in the past, including my suggestion that we not forget that fiction—of any genre—is also an … Continue reading

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ELECTION DAY, 2020

I don’t like to bring current events, especially politics, into Fantasy Authors Handbook—that’s not what this blog is about. Still, this year has been, let’s say, “different” in so many ways that that stuff has crept in, or in a … Continue reading

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EVERYONE GETS BAD REVIEWS AND NO ONE SHOULD READ THEM

I’ve said it before but here in October of dismal 2020 I feel I should say it again: Never read or write reviews of anything ever, and especially never read reviews of your own writing. Nothing is less useful to … Continue reading

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WHAT WRITING ACTUALLY IS

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.” —Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction” We write in … Continue reading

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THE SPECTER PRIESTESS OF WRIGHTSTONE: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 23

I continue to be amazed by the sheer volume of content contained in the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales, which has been keeping us busy for closing in on two dozen posts. Back in those days, fourteen years before … Continue reading

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A LOOK AT THE HORROR WRITING INTENSIVE

UPDATE, mid-2020: Alas, I am no longer teaching this course through Writer’s Digest, but here’s the historical document anyway…   It’s no accident that Stephen King is one of the world’s best-selling authors. He knows what scares us—and it isn’t … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE WORST POSSIBLE THING YOU COULD DO TO SOMEONE?

I asked that question in one of my college courses some years ago, in front of a group of students all sitting in a room together. You wouldn’t believe—or maybe you would believe—how deeply uncomfortable that question made them, and I … Continue reading

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