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LESTER DENT’S WAVE THOSE TAGS, PART 2: FIND AN EXTERNAL TAG

If you haven’t read last week’s post, Lester Dent’s Wave Those Tags, Part 1: Find a Name, go back there now to get caught up. Otherwise, we’ll press on without further preamble…   This is probably the most important step. … Continue reading

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LESTER DENT’S WAVE THOSE TAGS, PART 1: FIND A NAME

I’ve been running an online Pulp Fiction Workshop, which uses as its starting point author Lester Dent’s famous “Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot,” and you’ve seen it quoted here several times in various contexts. But Dent (co-creator and principle author … Continue reading

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LOOKING BACK AT “32 OF LOVECRAFT’S FAVORITE WORDS”

This post originally appeared on the blog Mel Odom and I set up for the Arron of the Black Forest series—a series that stopped, unfortunately, at the first book—but looking back at this I thought it was worth sharing again, … Continue reading

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PLEASE STOP USING INITIAL CAPS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CREATIVITY

I know for sure that as a reader of fantasy, and to a slightly lesser degree, science fiction, you have run across a common word with an initial cap used to convey some special emphasis, or just general “specialness,” and … Continue reading

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OUR FLIGHT TIME TODAY WILL BE…?

This post does contain spoilers through the episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones that aired Sunday, August 20, 2017 (Season 7, episode 6: “Beyond the Wall”), so read accordingly.   GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS FOLLOW: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!   … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 2: START NO MORE NEW BOOKS

Let’s continue from last week’s post inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing, which I found via Brain Pickings. If you haven’t read the first part, or want a refresher on the full list of commandments, you can click … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 5: THE DAMAGE IT CAUSES

We’ve come to the end of a five-part series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” in which one paragraph stood out for me as the beginnings of a horror/weird fantasy manifesto: Each weird story—to speak more … Continue reading

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