Category Archives: Writing Craft

A COMPLETE STORY IN 3:08 MINUTES

Everyone says you need to read, read, read to understand how story works.  While this is true, sometimes you just need to give 3:08 minutes of your undivided attention.  [Warning:  Contains graphic scenes.] I was turned on to this video … Continue reading

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“RARE ROAST CHICKEN CAT JONESING FOR A GROOVY NEW CRASH PAD” … OR WHY WORD CHOICE IS SO IMPORTANT

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Today’s photo shoot for the new blog header had to be rescheduled as I was helping my mom with yard work. 🙂  So I thought this would be a good time to share with you the best ad copy I’ve … Continue reading

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WHY SPEED IS SO IMPORTANT

For some reason, it seems perfectly acceptable — hell, expected — for a writer to spend years bleeding over a manuscript.  Why?  Because writers are artists, and you can’t rush art.  On top of that, if you’re a writer who … Continue reading

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STAR SEARCH: A RESPONSE TO STEVEN PRESSFIELD’S “WRITE FOR A STAR”

Last Wednesday, Steven Pressfield posted an article to his blog titled “Write for a Star.” He takes the age-old rule of screenwriting, “Write for a star,” and discusses its applications in all creative endeavors. To summarize and paraphrase — to … Continue reading

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ANOTHER STORY COMPLETED…ALMOST

This morning I finished my short story, currently titled, “The Manner of Beasts,” and uploaded it to my online writer’s group.  I’m happy with how it turned out, but the revision process was a drag.  It got me thinking about … Continue reading

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“IT’S ALL JUST A DRAFT”

I discovered Tobias Buckell a few years ago when I did a search on how much fantasy and science fiction writers make.  (Author Advance Survey 2.0.) At the time, he was excitedly awaiting the publication of his first novel “Crystal … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT…

…I finally saw “District 9,” and I was floored.  I was absolutely floored.  This may be one of the best science fiction films I have ever seen.  It certainly is the best movie I’ve seen in a long while.  And … Continue reading

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

I am working my way through the current issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and I am relearning a very valuable lesson:  the importance of character development.  *Regardless of how cool and neato your story idea is, if the reader … Continue reading

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