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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 4: WORK ACCORDING TO PROGRAM

Continuing with this series of posts inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing we’ve arrived at the fourth of eleven commandments. If you haven’t been following along from the beginning, or want a second (or third, or fourth) look … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 3: DON’T BE NERVOUS

I’m just going to keep going with this series of posts inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing. If you haven’t been with me from the beginning, or want a second (or third) look at the full list of … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS

In the last week or so I came across Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing, thanks to Brain Pickings. I’ve had some recent successes with a new to do list scheme, and have been writing more, if still not nearly … Continue reading

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WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN THE LAST TWENTY-THREE YEARS, PART 2

Last week I posted a short story that I wrote twenty-three years ago and had published in the now-defunct magazine Aberrations. I asked a big question: What have I learned in the last twenty-three years? Or as I said last … Continue reading

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WHY ALL THE PRESENT TENSE?

More and more and more and more over the past several years I see novels written in the present tense. Though this isn’t necessarily some new invention, going well back in time to Dickens at least, past tense more or … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF SELF-DISCIPLINE

Despite rejecting the concept of New Years Resolutions, I did start out 2017 with a renewed sense of urgency, a renewed sense of purpose, and the absolute determination to climb my way out of whatever hole I buried myself into … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 4: WHAT MAKES IT SCARY

This week we continue 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 particularly of … Continue reading

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