Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

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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What happens after the first draft?

An interesting article from  Joanna Penn: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/12/07/after-first-draft-whats-next/

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kickstarter rewards

I’ve been thinking about releasing the novels (when they’re done) under kickstarter. One question that keeps circling around is what rewards to offer. I’ve thought of all the obvious ones: signed copies, bookmarks, military-patches (a la Larry Correia), a map … Continue reading

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Neal Stephenson AMA (“ask me anything”) interview on Reddit

This is five months old, but well worth reading. http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/vdt11/i_am_neal_stephenson_author_geek_and_now_sword/ This one month old interview with Ian Banks is also great: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2012/oct/12/iain-banks-book-club-podcast?intcmp=239

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what I’m looking for in a critique

To those who have a copy in hand: I look forward to your feedback. …but let me tell you what sort of feedback I’m looking for, and what you should and should not waste your time with. No: punctuation grammar … Continue reading

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title of the book two

The title of the first book “The Powers of the Earth” is a dual reference. On the one hand, it is a phrase that Thomas Jefferson used in the introduction of the Declaration of Independence to mean “the various governments … Continue reading

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