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10/80/10

“Ninety percent of everything is crap.” —Sturgeon’s Revelation Science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon meant that about fiction in particular, but since then (and not to take anything away from Mr. Sturgeon, before then) it’s become a sort of rule or … Continue reading

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I RANDOMLY GENERATED A RELIGION

…and here’s why, how, and what I ended up with… This is part of what at this point is just kind of a fun exercise, exploring the idea of writing a randomly generated fantasy novel as part of an effort to maybe write … Continue reading

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WHEN THE MOMENT PASSES YOUR STORY BY

How many times have I cautioned against following trends with your writing? Well, “current events” can be just as tricky. When I sat down in December 2019 to write the short story that follows, a lot of what was going … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXX: BIRD BY BIRD

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may be difficult to find, … Continue reading

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ARE YOU WRITING ENOUGH?

I have no idea. What do you think. Are you? And while we’re asking questions, what’s “enough”? Ray Bradbury famously said “Write a thousand words a day and in three years you’ll be a writer!” Does that mean once you’ve … Continue reading

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MAYBE I NEED TO CHEER UP

I continue to struggle with what I guess I can call “writer’s block.” I do write this blog every week, the occasional poem, even finished the (very) rough draft of a short story yesterday, but the novel continues to elude … Continue reading

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FANTASY+AUTHOR+HANDBOOK

Phantasy by thermostats will always be a component of human life. Enchiridion is the most fundamental sophist of humankind; many to confluences but a few of conjecture. a plethora of writer lies in the field of literature in addition to … Continue reading

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VACATION WEEK

I’m out of the office, out of town, and out of touch this week, but I can’t let a Tuesday go by without something here at Fantasy Author’s Handbook so this, written last week and scheduled to post using the … Continue reading

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ARE YOU A “LIFER”?

I’ve met a number of authors who’ve told me they really just want to try it. They just want to see if they can finish a novel, self-publish it, and just sort of “have it out there.” They’ve even said … Continue reading

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WHAT I CAN’T TEACH YOU

As an editor I’ve always seen my role as mostly what can be described as “teacher.” That mindset also helped me move into that role more overtly in print, here, and in live and online courses, tutorials, and seminars—a world I need … Continue reading

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