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IS THIS EARTH?

I really try not to be one of “those guys”—or worse, one of “those editors.” You know the ones—the people who crawl up a writer’s butt over the most minute detail, challenging every supposed cliché without an open concept of … Continue reading

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FAREWELL, SF SIGNAL, AND YOU’RE WELCOME FOR ALL THE FISH

On May 5, 2016, barely more than two weeks ago, John DeNardo announced that the venerable SF Signal mega-blog would be shutting down for good. I was blown away—crushed, even. At the top of my browser are a bunch of … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 1: ANGER

Robert Plutchik, professor emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identified eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. I’ve seen similar lists from experts as varied as Donald Maass and Tony Robbins. Some are a … Continue reading

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IN THE FUTURE, EVERYTHING WILL ALWAYS WORK

. . . or at least that’s what some science fiction authors would have you believe. The other day, I happened upon the movie Forbidden Planet on TCM. It was just about to start. I wanted to avoid working. A match made in … Continue reading

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WRITING MONSTERS

At last it can be revealed in all its glory: my upcoming book from Writer’s Digest: Writing Monsters. Picking up where The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction left off, at least in the case of monsters, this book … Continue reading

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SOME DIALOG TIPS: WE KNOW WHO HE’S TALKING TO

I teach a three-hour, one-day seminar called Living Dialog, and that class, itself inspired by a blog post, has inspired more than one more, including this one. Here’s something that I see from less experienced authors way too often, and … Continue reading

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THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO EVERY CHARACTER

Let’s talk briefly about characters. And that’s a subject it’s hard for me to talk briefly about. But some things I’ve been reading recently, including agent and Fantasy Author’s Handbook interviewee Donald Maass’s controversial post at Writer Unboxed, have got … Continue reading

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