Monthly Archives: March 2013

praise

My college friend Kelly really lifted my spirits today by sending an email which included this bit: Wow – your draft 3 already looks really tight – way more readable than 90% of the crap I pull off the shelves … Continue reading

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the heart of the story

Writing friend Diana Day told me that one of the important – but latent – threads in my novel was the romance thread between Mike and Darcy. She asked some questions. I generated some answers. Pace John Cleese on creativity, … Continue reading

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Wherein Samuel R Delany and I chat over coffee

Well, not really. But over the past week: I suggested to Rahul Kanakia an idea for a blog post. He wrote it…and it resulted in the most hits ever for him. Dhalgren-author, 4-time Nebula winner and 2-time Hugo winner, and … Continue reading

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The Gods of Ordinary Things [ guest post by Jennifer Bresnick ]

Travis here. I read a few science fiction and fantasy writer’s blogs. As I mentioned a few days ago, most of them suck. Jennifer Bresnick’s blog is one of the ones that has interesting stuff; some of it cuts a … Continue reading

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Five questions for each character

Whew! I’ve been working on this for hours this morning, and finally have a first pass. A few five-question interviews from some of my characters to give you a taste of what this exercise is like. Gamma – experimental AI … Continue reading

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Eight writing manuals that are not an absolute waste of time

There are a lot of writer’s blogs out there. Most of them are a complete waste of time. I’m a fan of Rahul Kanakia’s blog. Who’s Rahul? Rahul Kanakia is a science fiction writer who has sold stories to Clarkesworld, … Continue reading

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character arcs

I’m starting draft 4. The goals of this draft: all major characters to have interesting character development arcs all characters to behave in ways that are realistic and human, not just in ways that are convenient to the plot smooth … Continue reading

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get to know your author

I recently stumbled over the Proust Questionnaire and thought it might provide an interesting way to do an author interview. Your favorite virtue – honesty. Your favorite qualities in a man – bravery. Your favorite qualities in a woman – … Continue reading

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