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THE RELIGION OF FANTASY AND THE FANTASY OF RELIGION

Believe it or not, I actually try to avoid talking about religion, both publically and privately. It’s a subject that either makes me scared, angry, or disappointed—mostly disappointed—except when it has to do with fantasy. Yes, I’ll admit it, I … Continue reading

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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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DO I REALLY HAVE TO WRITE ANOTHER CHRISTMAS POST?

I don’t want to, and I honestly don’t have to. If I feel some pressure to do so, that’s coming from me, not from the outside. But anyway, what do I say about Christmas? I don’t know… if you celebrate … Continue reading

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HOW CHARACTERS SEE THEMSELVES IN RELATION TO OTHER CHARACTERS

In Joe M. McDermott’s novel The Fortress at the End of Time, Ensign Aldo has just come to a remote space station. The commanding officer is a bit of a fallen tyrant, but still, young Aldo thinks: I felt alone, … Continue reading

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WHAT READERS DO WITH YOUR WRITING

A little bit ago, I wrote a post on the subject of theme—what your book is really about. There I suggested you think, in reasonably concrete terms, what you’re actually trying to say with your novel. Then move forward with … Continue reading

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IF AREA EDITOR READS A POINTLESS TRAINING SESSION ONE MORE TIME

With a nod to the Onion… I’m trying not to fly off the handle, but please indulge me, at least at first, in a bit of tough love. If your current work in progress contains a scene, or worse, a … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON LESTER DENT’S “WAVE THOSE TAGS”

If you haven’t read the complete text of the original essay, go back to Lester Dent’s Wave Those Tags, Part 1: Find a Name to get caught up. Having read what pulp fiction maestro Lester Dent had to say on … Continue reading

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