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DOING MY OWN WRITING EXERCISES, PART 4: A LIST OF LISTS

In an effort to actually do the writing exercises I’ve recommended here (and elsewhere), I’ve already done my list of titles, writing to an image, sort of a failure on a dialog exercise, and writing to a random story prompt. … Continue reading

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NOTES FOR A NOVEL THAT I WILL (PROBABLY) NEVER WRITE

“The point of my keeping a notebook has never been, nor is it now, to have an accurate factual record of what I have been doing or thinking,” wrote Joan Didion in her essay “On Keeping a Notebook.” “That would … Continue reading

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ONCE MORE INTO THE PULPS, BEGINNING TO END

I know, you’re sick of me talking about the old pulp magazines, apologizing for their endemic sexism and casual racism, and pointing to this great science fiction author, the other groundbreaking fantasy author, and every significant early twentieth century author … Continue reading

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DO YOU WANT ME TO LEAVE YOU ALONE WHILE YOU CRY?

“God damn it, just get the fuck off me,” Jane said, her voice deeper, more growly than normal. She pushed with both hands and a chill of panic raced through her when Bret didn’t move. But then he relaxed and … Continue reading

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SELECTIONS FROM THE HORROR WRITING INTENSIVE

This coming Thursday (January 25, 2018), my online course Horror Writing Intensive: Analyzing the Work of Genre Master Stephen King, via Writers Digest, starts up again and so I thought I’d give y’all a little sample of what that looks … Continue reading

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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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