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PLAY!

When I was in seventh grade and extremely into Legos I made a starship—really just the floorplan—and populated it with a crew of the newly-released mini figures. I then devised a monster with a tail that ended in the twirling … Continue reading

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BASIC MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my own standard manuscript file, so I took some time this morning to do that. Most of this week’s post, then, will be found as downloads from Athans & Associates Creative Consulting. But … Continue reading

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THAT IS A WORD THAT CAN BE CUT MOST OF THE TIME THAT YOU USE IT

Not every sentence you write has to be as short as possible, we don’t all have to try to pretend to be Ernest Hemingway—or any other author but ourselves. Still, I see the word that used not improperly but too often. … Continue reading

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A LOOK AT THE HORROR WRITING INTENSIVE

It’s no accident that Stephen King is one of the world’s best-selling authors. He knows what scares us—and it isn’t just kids and clowns—and he knows how to use words to invoke that fear in the same way a horror … Continue reading

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WHEN WE KILLED THOMPSON: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 12

If you haven’t been following along with this series of posts looking in detail at a single issue of Weird Tales, a classic pulp fiction magazine from 1925 that we can all read online, you can go back to the … Continue reading

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WHITE MAN’S MADNESS, CHAPTER 2: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 9

On December 18 we started in on… …as part of my ongoing series of posts looking back at a classic issue of Weird Tales, which is available for all of us—and that means you!—to read online. This week, onward from the … Continue reading

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WORLDBUILDING SESSION FOUR: GEOGRAPHY

This week, how about a preview of the revised fourth session of my online course Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing, which starts up again day after tomorrow…   I might go so far as to say that fantasy … Continue reading

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