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FIRST SENTENCES IN DETAIL: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 2

I won’t stay stuck on this Amazing Stories series every week, but I wanted to touch back right away after starting out last week with a look at the completely out of context first and last lines. This week, let’s just … Continue reading

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PULP AND SEXISM

With another round of my online Pulp Fiction Workshop starting up this week, I’ve been looking at a lot of old pulp magazine covers again, and continuing to read a lot of old pulp stories—even full issues of magazines. And even … Continue reading

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READ, THINK, WRITE, REPEAT

Stephen King said it best: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” He’s 100% correct on that point, so I’m going to go ahead and assume that … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXII: THE WORLD SPLIT OPEN

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy (and science fiction and horror and all other) authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and … Continue reading

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DOING MY OWN WRITING EXERCISES, PART 4: A LIST OF LISTS

In an effort to actually do the writing exercises I’ve recommended here (and elsewhere), I’ve already done my list of titles, writing to an image, sort of a failure on a dialog exercise, and writing to a random story prompt. … Continue reading

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CAN I PAY ATTENTION MORE? SHOULD I?

Before we go any farther, please click on over to the TED Talk site and watch Amishi Jha’s talk “How to Tame Your Wandering Mind.” Got it? Okay. I have no idea how this video came to my attention, but … Continue reading

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THE FIVE-MINUTE STORY

Well, the idea for a story in five minutes, anyway. Actually writing it will take somewhat longer! I’ve described my own efforts at writing to prompts and writing based on images—but what if we can’t draw or want to actually … Continue reading

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