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Cave Dwellers

Every author of fiction is an amateur psychologist. Fiction is about people, and except by an unlikely accident our stories and novels can be no better than our understanding of human nature. All human beings look at the world through … Continue reading

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But seriously, folks…

Maybe I ought to take my writing more seriously. I mean, I care about my characters, and I certainly care about writing as well as I can, but I seldom devote a moment’s thought to the notion that the story … Continue reading

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Believing Is Seeing

On some level or other, a work of fiction has to be believable. Readers will happily cut the writer some slack: They want to believe that the story they’re reading is real — that it could have happened to real … Continue reading

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Tow, Don’t Shell

The advice given to aspiring authors, these days, is, “Show, don’t tell.” Examine the stories submitted to a hundred local critique groups across the country and you’ll find the notation “SDT” jotted freely in many a margin. At its worst, … Continue reading

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The Story Doctor Is IN

Not long ago I spent $5,000 hiring a freelance developmental editor to critique my soon-to-be-published epic fantasy series. It was money well spent, but that’s a hefty chunk of change. I’m sure there are many aspiring authors who would appreciate … Continue reading

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Originality

Recently a fellow who had strolled into our Facebook writers’ group was talking up his obsession with original ideas. This is a group of fantasy and science fiction writers, and of course fresh ideas are the meat and potatoes of … Continue reading

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Sing Me a Song, You’re the Grammar Man

Some people in the Facebook writers’ group were touting Grammarly. I pooh-poohed the idea that it could be useful, but quickly realized that I was talking through my hat. I didn’t actually know. The premium plan is $30 for a … Continue reading

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