Monthly Archives: July 2013

Solipsist Sodality

Writing is a solitary activity. When not writing, some writers are outgoing and sociable, but a lot of us aren’t. Making connections with your peers is a valuable thing no matter what field you’re in, but those who engage in … Continue reading

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Get Your YA-YAs Out

I start reading a lot of novels and don’t finish them. I can think of at least two ways to interpret this bad habit. One would be, fiction doesn’t really interest me. Another, opposite interpretation would be that my unconscious … Continue reading

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Quality Assurance

Okay, I admit it. I’m a snob. I like excellence, and I have very little patience with shoddy workmanship. Over on the Hatrack River writers’ forum, I stirred up a wee controversy this week by suggesting that how-to-write suggestions from … Continue reading

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Scratching the Itch

A few days ago I was talking with a woman who would like to be writing fiction. She has written a few stories and would like to sit down and edit them, but it’s hard for her to find time … Continue reading

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Pulleys, Levers, and Gears

If you’re writing fiction — be it for fun, professionally, or because you’re aiming at professional publication — you might want to jet over to the Hatrack River writer’s workshop forums. I recommend the forum called “Ways to Critique.” The … Continue reading

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The Idiot Plot

One of the many ways to bungle a work of fiction is to create a plot that only makes sense if one of the lead characters is a complete idiot. If your hero acts like a complete idiot, readers will … Continue reading

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