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WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN THE LAST TWENTY-THREE YEARS, PART 3

To finish up this little series of posts that began here, I’ll let the 2017 revision of my 1994 horror short story “Piece Music” speak for itself . . .   Piece Music It was a hectic music from a dark and cramped … Continue reading

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BODY PARTS DON’T DO STUFF, PEOPLE DO

Lately I’ve been seeing more sentences like this: Bronwyn’s fist punched Galen in the eye. I might call this “passive,” but I’m not sure that’s technically correct, so can we just call it “bad writing”? This goes back again to … Continue reading

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WHAT NOT TO SAY

Last weekend I did a one-day seminar on Living Dialog, based on a previous blog post of the same name. For three hours we talked about writing dialog that meets some challenging criteria. For me, “Living Dialog” has to be … Continue reading

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“NOW GO HOME AND WRITE!”

I spent last weekend in Hollywood, California, attending the Writers Digest Conference West as a speaker, and as always when I go to this sort of event, an enthusiastic participant as well. Anyone who knows me knows I hate to … Continue reading

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FLASHES OF INSPIRATION: STEALING FROM YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE

In The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, I discussed a few of the many places from which you can draw inspiration for your stories: from your own life, from history, from current events, and so on. Let’s take … Continue reading

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