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Discomfort

It’s never a good idea to criticize one’s fellow writers. It’s a bit like fouling your own nest. For one thing, you might someday send a query to a literary agent, only to find that that agent is also the … Continue reading

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Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Hanging out with other talented, industrious writers is a consummation devoutly to be wished. But alas, writing is a lonely activity. How are we to connect? Last year at about this time, I saw an ad on Facebook for the … Continue reading

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Snuggle Up

It has happened before. After finishing a large writing project (that is, a novel), I flounder around for a while trying to organize a new one, get terribly confused about the welter of material I’ve generated, and give up writing … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up

For any type of fiction that’s not based in our own world in the present day, world-building is both essential and deeply challenging. If you’re writing historical fiction based in our own world you can rely to a great extent … Continue reading

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The Fans in the Bleachers

Lurking on my hard drive (and making occasional belching noises) are two or three very decent ideas for novels. By “ideas” I don’t mean a sentence or two; I mean files with 10,000 or 20,000 words of detailed notes. What … Continue reading

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Clauses Coming to Town

As a humble service to authors who are considering hiring a you-pay (vanity) publisher, I’d like to offer my comments on a draft contract that was sent to me this afternoon. I have removed all identifying information from the contract … Continue reading

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Writers Write

Thinking out loud here. I’ve self-published several novels. I know how the process works. It’s not fun, but I can manage it. You have to find and hire a cover designer. You either do your own interior page layout (which … Continue reading

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Narrative Distance

One of the many things a writer of fiction needs to control is the width of the space between the reader and the narrative. Rather than “control,” we might say this is one of the tools on the writer’s workbench. … Continue reading

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Victims R Us

Terminology is important. I went off on a rant yesterday about a Facebook post that used the word “stories,” and I’m going to share the rant with you, because this is my blog, and that’s what I use it for. … Continue reading

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Run It Up the Flagpole (and see if it bounces…)

Regular readers of this blog (all five of you) may have noticed that I seldom use it to promote my own work. I’m not sure why I don’t. It would seem unseemly somehow. Also, what I care about is the … Continue reading

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