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ISOLATION 14

They keep calling me Mr. Hartford. “My name is Donovan,” I say, but can’t be sure I’ve been heard. I’m cold, and I want to tell them that, too, but I can’t, or I don’t try. Someone is holding my … Continue reading

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WHOSE POV SHOULD IT BE?

Building a bit on my post from three weeks ago, “Write What Your Characters Know,” which was really all about point of view (POV), let’s look at one fundamental question every fiction author needs to ask at the beginning of … Continue reading

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WE ARE MAKING THIS UP AS WE GO ALONG

Very few writers really know what they are doing until they’ve done it.  —Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird As someone whose full time job is to teach people how to write, and predominantly how to write fiction, I have always had … Continue reading

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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FANTASY, SF, AND HORROR AUTHORS

This week I’d like to share a small handful of web sites I’ve found extremely useful over the years. If you haven’t already, “favorite” or “bookmark” these sites—you won’t be sorry. The Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB) Can’t remember the name … Continue reading

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WRITE WHAT YOUR CHARACTERS KNOW

By now I think we’ve generally disposed of the old saw: Write what you know. This is, in any case, especially bad advice if what you’re writing can in any way be described as fantasy, science fiction, or horror. If … Continue reading

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PANTSING MY WAY THROUGH AN OUTLINE

In an effort to dispel the ongoing nonsense “battle” between pantsers—authors who get an idea and start writing “by the seat of their pants”—and plotters—authors who write detailed outlines to which they slavishly adhere throughout the writing process—I’d like to show you … Continue reading

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF PULP FICTION

You know I’m a pulp fiction fan, and have led an online Pulp Fiction Workshop (and will again, I promise!). The following was written for that workshop, as part of additional material that I filtered out over the course of … Continue reading

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INSPIRATIONAL WORDS ABOUT INSPIRATION

“Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.” —Rod Serling What inspires us to write? What inspired this story idea or inspired you to sit down that day and write something… anything? … Continue reading

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RANDOM LESSONS FROM RANDOM BOOKS

Just a couple weeks ago I said again that writers should always be reading, that we can learn more from reading the work of others than we can in most courses or books on writing. This is true—if we’re actively reading. I love … Continue reading

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CONFRONTING THE WEIRD

It’s been a weird year, what with this weird virus making our normal lives weird. It’s weird that kids can’t go to school and their parents can’t go to bars. We had this weird president that made weird decisions, or … Continue reading

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