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AUTHORS ON THE WRITING PROCESS

Maybe the most unanswerable question people like me are asked—other than “where do you get your ideas?” which is an eternal mystery everyone, not just writers, should be familiar with—is any version of: Okay, but how do I actually do it? … Continue reading

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I RANDOMLY GENERATED A RELIGION

…and here’s why, how, and what I ended up with… This is part of what at this point is just kind of a fun exercise, exploring the idea of writing a randomly generated fantasy novel as part of an effort to maybe write … Continue reading

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ARE YOU WRITING ENOUGH?

I have no idea. What do you think. Are you? And while we’re asking questions, what’s “enough”? Ray Bradbury famously said “Write a thousand words a day and in three years you’ll be a writer!” Does that mean once you’ve … Continue reading

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THE GENUINELY POPULAR CULTURE OF YOUR WORLD IS…

Start with the most basic premise that a story is characters in conflict, and the best stories are those that present the most fully realized characters—characters who feel like real people, however unreal their circumstances—so that no matter how outlandish … Continue reading

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FANTASY+AUTHOR+HANDBOOK

Phantasy by thermostats will always be a component of human life. Enchiridion is the most fundamental sophist of humankind; many to confluences but a few of conjecture. a plethora of writer lies in the field of literature in addition to … Continue reading

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PIXAR’S 22 RULES OF STORYTELLING

I bet you’ve seen these before—at least a few of them quoted here over the years. The list is all over the internet. I found it at iO9. But this week I’d like to share all twenty-two of what Pixar storyboard … Continue reading

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BACK, BACKWARD, AND BACKWARDS

These three words sometimes kinda mean the same things, and sometimes kinda mean different things, but as an editor, I see them used more or less interchangeably almost all of the time. That’s a lot of kindas and most of the timeses there, so … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS, CULTURES, AND GROUPS

I used to teach in-person then online courses, and one of the most popular was my worldbuilding course. Though it’s been a while since I’ve actually taught these courses, one of the exercises continues to stay lodged in my brain. … Continue reading

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I WILL WRITE THAT NOVEL

I’ve written here before that we should remind ourselves that writing fiction—especially genre fiction—should be fun, that we should get in touch with a sense of play—and in recent weeks this has come back to me for a few different reasons. … Continue reading

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NOTES ON CHARACTER-DRIVEN DIALOG

In Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott tells us that, “One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t.” Absolutely true. Each of your characters, like each of the people you know in the real … Continue reading

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