Tag Archives: Writing Craft

A Post for the Uninspired

I’m feeling a little uninspired today, but I wanted to post something.  Believe it or not, writers aren’t endless fountains of inspiration.  Sure, I go through times when I’m fending off a torrent of ideas, but I also go through … Continue reading

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Turn the Screws and Make ’em Squirm

I critique a lot of stories by both experienced and novice writers.  While I get to see a lot of stories that I think work, much of what I read doesn’t.  Often the story has a clear conflict, well-developed characters, and … Continue reading

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Six Tips for NaNoWriMo Success

I’ve hit the target goal of 50,000 words for the each of the four times I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month, so I guess I could be described as a bit of a veteran.  While every writer is different, I thought … Continue reading

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Did They Really Say That?

“The Beauty of Wynona” is the only historical fiction story I’ve written, so I’m certainly no expert on this sub-genre.  That said, this story taught me a lot about writing such stories.  “The Beauty of Wynona” is set in 18th century England.  I’m … Continue reading

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Ack! My Short Story has Grown Too Fat!

A couple of months ago, I set out to write a 5,000-word short story.  As I sat down to write today, I found that my short story had grown toward novella proportions: 13,500 words and counting.  This is a problem.  I know … Continue reading

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Loglining My Novel-in-Progress

I finished the first draft of my novel back in December and decided to shelve it for a while before revising it.  I put off the revisions for several months because I didn’t know where to start.  Then I came … Continue reading

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Does It Have to Be All About Conflict?

I have a confession: I’m a writer who doesn’t consider himself well-read.  Sure, I’ve read a lot of speculative fiction, but outside the genre, I haven’t read much.  I’ve read some of the English language classics and a smattering of world fiction, but … Continue reading

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Diabolical Plots Interviews Mike Resnick

Just a quick post today because I’m feeling a little under the weather (I must have caught something on the plane ride home).  One of the few websites I read with any consistency is Diabolical Plots, run by speculative-fiction authors … Continue reading

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Should We Have Writer’s Cuts?

With DVDs, director’s cuts and extended cuts of movies are all the rage.  While some director’s cuts are substantially different from their theatrical release (e.g., Bladerunner), most seem to include only extra scenes, which don’t substantially change the meaning or … Continue reading

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Logging a Couple More

In preparation for editing my novel, I’ve been practicing loglines.  They’re starting to come more easily, so I think I’m about ready to tackle a logline and summary for my book.  Before doing that, I thought I’d share another pair of loglines.  … Continue reading

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