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ALL FICTION IS “AUTOFICTION”

In “Autofiction: What It Is and What It Isn’t,” Brooke Warner wrote: “Autofiction, which is short for autobiographical fiction, is one of those labels that ultimately doesn’t matter to the industry.” I agree, so let’s dispense with the term up … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXVII: HISTORY OF ATLANTIS

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy (and science fiction and horror and all other) authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and … Continue reading

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WHAT CAN YOU GET AWAY WITH IN FICTION?

Great question, easy answer: Anything. In fact, the question itself is silly. You don’t have to feel you’re “getting away with” anything. An epic fantasy novel featuring a gender-fluid protagonist? Why not? In fact, the only argument against is necessarily … Continue reading

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THE PULP GENRES: AN (ALMOST) COMPLETE LIST

This week, how about a look back at my still indefinitely on-hold Pulp Fiction Workshop. As part of the rundown on the history of the pulps, I made a quick rundown of at least most of the broader genre categories … Continue reading

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FOCUS ON THE WORK, NOT THE RESULTS

Of course we all want to find our books at the top of the New York Times best seller list. We want our books to be taught in English classes for decades if not centuries to come. We want to be spoken … Continue reading

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GROUP POV? NO. JUST… NO.

Do I even need to go on? Please believe me that I’m not a rules-monger when it comes to creative writing. I want to read great stories told in fresh and fascinating ways. If that means a copy editor at The … Continue reading

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ON THE KIND OF FICTION CALLED MORBID

I don’t normally run guest posts here, but this week, I’d like to turn Fantasy Author’s Handbook over to Vincent O’Sullivan, and an essay he wrote for the April 1896 issue of Savoy entitled “On the Kind of Fiction Called Morbid.” Being all … Continue reading

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INTENTION-DRIVEN FICTION

Coincidently, while I’ve been wandering in and out of my wife’s current binge re-watch of The West Wing, I happened upon Aaron Sorkin on The Big Interview with Dan Rather and had to rewind it and write down something he said that I thought … Continue reading

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LANGUAGE AND VOICE

Earlier this morning I posted this to Twitter: I’m of the opinion that “voice”—an author’s voice, authorial voice, etc.—is something that can be switched on and off, manipulated, revised, built upon, etc. as you spend your life #writing and trying new things … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A RANDOM SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: DONOVAN’S BRAIN

In December 2014 I outlined the step-by-step process of creating a random science fiction, fantasy, and horror novel grab bag box, which I hope, like me, you’ve been drawing from for the past almost seven years. Not only have I read … Continue reading

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