On Improving the Craft

As an aspiring writer, I’m constantly looking to improve my writing.  In addition to writing, writing, writing (and critiquing, critiquing, critiquing), I read whatever I can find about the craft of storytelling.  There’s a lot of advice out there—some of it contradictory—but I don’t read it to find a single truth.  I read it to get the widest possible perspective on a craft that is as variable as the people engaged in it.  From this broad base of insight, I hope to make informed choices that will work for me and my writing.

While trolling the interweb the other day, I came across a site called Science Fiction and Fantasy Novelist.  The site is run by a group speculative fiction authors who contribute posts on writing-related topics, including articles on craft.  I’ve just begun to dig into the numerous posts, but I’ve already come across interesting discussions of pacing (by S. C. Butler), plotting , and scene structure (both by James Alan Gardner).  The site appears to have a wide range of articles on writing and storytelling from a variety of established and up-and-coming authors.  I’m looking forward to dig into it over the coming weeks to see what I can learn.  If you have the time, I recommend you check it out.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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