Tag Archives: J.M. McDermott

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 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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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXI: MY TEN FAVORITE HORROR NOVELS

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may be difficult to … Continue reading

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AN EVIL EMPIRE, BENT ON SELF-DESTRUCTION (BUT WHY?)

Though I tend to shy away from a direct examination of current politics, let’s dip our toes in another troubling month in this country and take a look at present day America as a worldbuilding exercise. This could be considered … Continue reading

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LEST WE FORGET THE ART

I’ve been writing a lot lately about what we can learn from the old pulp magazines, about grabbing your readers in the first paragraph, and lots of stuff about action and adopting an active writing style. And now I’ve started … Continue reading

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WHAT PULP CAN TEACH US

I know I’ve been talking about pulp a lot lately, but bear with me. I’m in the middle of teaching a two-session Pulp Fiction Workshop, with the second session coming this Saturday. Students have been sending me their stories and … Continue reading

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SCIENCE FICTION CAN BE FUN AGAIN

But that’ll be up to us. I tend to read both science fiction and fantasy from the opposite ends of the spectrum. I love new, avant garde, experimental (whatever you want to call it) literary SF and fantasy by the … Continue reading

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