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JUST EXACTLY LIKE

Okay, I have to admit it, I’m currently residing in Deadline Hell in order to get the Year of Phil off to a proper start the first full week in February, so how about a short story this week? This … Continue reading

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SO JUST WRITE AREADY!

This post is directed at myself, but you might accidentally benefit from it as well. It started with rereading this quote from a Paris Review interview with Stephen King: You have a short life span. You need to stop this crap about sitting … Continue reading

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DO YOUR CHARACTERS QUESTION THEIR OWN MOTIVES?

You know, by now, how strongly I feel about the importance of strongly motivated characters—heroes and villains alike. Last October, I got into this in “Why? The Heart of Character Motivation” when it comes to villains: Evil, like good, is … Continue reading

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2023: THE YEAR OF PHIL (FOR REAL THIS TIME)

I think I proclaimed 2020 as the Year of Phil on Twitter, then doubled down in 2021… and I think we all know what those years ended up being instead—anything but Years of Phil. But the Year of Phil is too … Continue reading

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LOOKING BACK ON 2022

I’m trying my best to stop blaming things on years. We all piled on poor, plague-ridden 2020, started-with-Capitol-riot 2021, and now economic-fallout 2022 is lined up in front of the firing squad. Does it help anyone if I pile on … Continue reading

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MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL BE MORE LIKE ROBERT SILVERBERG

Last week, inspired by my reading of his collection Gentleman Junkie, I wondered aloud if we should all be more like Harlan Ellison—an author who found, developed, and protected his own voice, his own career, and steadfastly defended that against all odds … Continue reading

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MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL BE MORE LIKE HARLAN ELLISON

I’ve been slowly, luxuriously, reading through Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-up Generation, a 1961 collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison, and it’s got me thinking… Maybe we should all be (at least a little bit) more like … Continue reading

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I’VE BEEN WATCHING “BOOKTUBE”

I threw myself into the unknowable vortex of YouTube to research Vegas ahead of my anniversary trip last July, then discovered, buried under inexplicable algorithmic recommendations for videos about “near death experiences” and anything having to do with Joe Rogan, … Continue reading

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READ THIS INTERVIEW WITH RAY BRADBURY

This week, I’m just going to toss this over to The Paris Review and an interview with the great Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203. Read this interview while you still can—it might drop back behind their paywall. In any case, … Continue reading

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DELETE NOTHING, AT LEAST NOT PERMANENTLY

It’s okay to cut bits of text from your work in progress as you’re revising, but let’s say you’ve written the beginning of a short story, and about a thousand words in it feels like it’s just not working for … Continue reading

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