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EVERYONE GETS BAD REVIEWS AND NO ONE SHOULD READ THEM

I’ve said it before but here in October of dismal 2020 I feel I should say it again: Never read or write reviews of anything ever, and especially never read reviews of your own writing. Nothing is less useful to … Continue reading

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WHAT WRITING ACTUALLY IS

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.” —Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction” We write in … 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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SELECTIONS FROM THE HORROR WRITING INTENSIVE

This coming Thursday (January 25, 2018), my online course Horror Writing Intensive: Analyzing the Work of Genre Master Stephen King, via Writers Digest, starts up again and so I thought I’d give y’all a little sample of what that looks … Continue reading

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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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