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WRITERS ON READING

I read what you read                              you do not read what I read which is right, I am the one with the curiosity             you read for some mysterious reason                                               I read simply because I am a writer —Frank O’Hara, “St. Paul … Continue reading

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2021: THE YEAR OF PHIL

By the power vested in me by myself, I hereby proclaim 2021 to be the Year of Phil. This replaces and in all way supersedes the previous attempt at the Year of Phil, which, due to circumstances beyond my control, … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXVI: STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE

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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REVISION SEARCH PATTERNS

When someone or something is missing, authorities will set up a search pattern or search grid in an effort to systematically comb an area for that missing person or thing, clues to their whereabouts, and so on. You can and … Continue reading

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APPEAL TO ALL FIVE SENSES—WITH EXAMPLES!

I’ve written before about how we want to try to appeal to all five sense in our writing. Not all five senses in one paragraph, mind you, and especially not in one sentence—that would be quite a challenge. But pick … Continue reading

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WRITING OUR WAY OUT OF 2020

I was talking with an author this morning and as has become something of a rule for all conversations now, the subject of the pandemic and “2020” in general came up. In my efforts to move on, personally, from the … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS SHOULD “MENACE” THEMSELVES

I’ve been reading Steven James’s book Story Trumps Structure, and that, combined with ongoing work with editing clients, has got me thinking about story structure, plot, and the driver behind all of those things: character motivation. James starts his book by … Continue reading

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DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING PROCESS

Do you even have one? Have you thought about it much, if at all? First off, if you are writing—if you’re making words appear on a page, and they are pretty good words put into an interesting order… if you’re … Continue reading

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WHY WAIT TILL 2021?

I know 2020 has been challenging for, well… pretty much everyone, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2021 to at least be better, less miserable, less divisive, less deadly. I have no superstitious or metaphysical component to my … Continue reading

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A CASE FOR LITERARY FANTASY

…and science fiction and horror and… every other genre has been made before, and now it’s my turn. I have turned to this subject in the past, including my suggestion that we not forget that fiction—of any genre—is also an … Continue reading

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