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FANTASY AUTHOR’S REFRESH

Time to update and refresh Fantasy Author’s Handbook! I’ve made a few long overdue changes to Fantasy Author’s Handbook, mostly weeding out old links, pages that are showing their age, and so on. I’m not changing any content or deleting … Continue reading

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WHY NOT POETRY, TOO?

For the better part of the last half of the twentieth century and all of the twenty-first, so far, the money for creative writers has been in screenplays. This is where you might actually make a million dollars selling a … Continue reading

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PROCESSING YOUR PROCESS

I find it utterly bizarre that in the midst of the CORVID-19 shutdown I’m actually writing (and reading) less than before. I hate to shift “blame” for something like that, but the fact that my son is finishing this college … Continue reading

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WORLDBUILDING THE OTHER

All fantasy authors are free to create their own elves, and all science fiction authors are free to create their own aliens. But the key to this are the words “their own.” If the elves in your fantasy novel are … Continue reading

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LOVE, AND A STORM BY THE LAKE

The lake was black water, reflecting a blackening sky. Sara couldn’t believe anything might live in water so black, so cold. That lake was no place for anything alive. The surface was still and the whole thing was like lacquered … Continue reading

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ESCAPE INTO ENLIGHTENMENT

I’m writing this in a strange and frightening time. Strange, I think, for just about everyone, and frightening in different ways and to different degrees for different people. I live in the Seattle area, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S NOTES ON WRITING WEIRD FICTION

For the first time ever, I’m turning Fantasy Author’s Handbook over to another author, and one who’s been dead for almost eighty-three years. Love him or hate him, H.P. Lovecraft is one of the undying masters of horror and dark … Continue reading

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TELL ME YOU HAVE SOME OF THESE

I have file after file on my computer of story ideas, the beginnings of stories, notes for stories and novels… Please tell me you’re doing this too. Please tell me you aren’t letting story ideas just pass you by. I … Continue reading

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ANOTHER POST ON THE SUBJECT OF DIALOG?

Sure, why not? Fanny Ellsworth, editor of Ranch Romances was quoted in “Magazine Editor Warns Against Loss of Originality”: Do you put thought on your dialogue—to make it sound natural without making it full of queerly spelled words that will … Continue reading

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TOO WEIRD TO DESCRIBE

Let’s start with an often used (because it’s so great) example from the best known practitioner of “too weird to describe,” H.P. Lovecraft. Here’s his first person description of the shoggoths from his classic At the Mountains of Madness: “South … Continue reading

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