Author Archives: midiguru

Getting a Second Opinion

Robert Burns said it best: “O wad some Power the giftie gie us / To see oursels as ithers see us!” No matter how fine a job you may think you’ve done in writing your novel, you must always be … Continue reading

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The Unknown Unknowns

The assumptions that will hurt you are the ones you don’t know you’re making — the unknown unknowns, in Donald Rumsfeld’s memorable phrase. This is as true in writing fiction as in any other field. I was reflecting on this … Continue reading

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Curiosity

Ultimately, the goal or task of any storyteller has to be to keep the reader, listener, or viewer wanting to know what’s going to happen next? At the point where your reader is not curious to learn what’s about to … Continue reading

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Thinking About Readers

I’ve been flirting with the idea that while writing you really shouldn’t think about your readers at all. I have a commitment to writing well, and a commitment to my characters, to bring them to life and to be honest … Continue reading

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The Vision Thing

I’ve written a few bad novels. At the time I thought they were good, but they weren’t. I don’t plan ever to publish them, so you’ll be spared. I mention this because I don’t want to give anybody the impression … Continue reading

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The Wounded Bird

This week I’m reading some thumbnail descriptions of novels by a group of aspiring writers. Those in the group have been asked not to reveal what others have written, so I’m not going to get into specifics. But I do … Continue reading

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Got You Covered

I’m getting ready to do a self-published reissue of The Wall at the Edge of the World, which was published by Ace in 1993 and has been out of print for about 20 years now. Today I’m looking around for … Continue reading

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