Monthly Archives: October 2019

What Feeds You?

Extroverts, or so I’ve read, will enter a large room where a party is going on, a room where they know nobody, and feel excited and energized. The prospect of meeting new people delights them. An introvert will enter the … Continue reading

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Young at Heart

I suppose there are two ways to write a novel. You can write whatever you’re inspired to write, or you can write what you think people (publishers, agents, or readers) will want to buy. A lucky few writers are able … Continue reading

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The Stuff of Legend

World-building is not easy, but when you get down to brass tacks, world-building in fantasy and science fiction looks like this: If you’re writing fantasy, some stuff happens that could never really happen. If you’re writing science fiction, some stuff … Continue reading

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Point of View

A friend encouraged me to spruce up my query letter. Also, I’ve started doing a little (belated) market research. Drove down to Barnes & Noble and came home with a stack of very attractive paperbacks. It soon dawned on me … Continue reading

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Submission! (not that kind…)

I hate sending out queries to agents. The odds of an agent responding positively to a query from an unknown author are worse than the odds of winning a darts tournament blindfolded. But what else are you gonna do? I’ve … Continue reading

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Who Can Say?

Today I finished what I hope will be the final draft of a new novel and started scouting around online for a literary agent who might conceivably want to take it on. The novel itself, and the lessons I may … Continue reading

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