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Guest Post: Under-explored areas of writing: Speculative Fiction – Dystopian by Erin Carrougher
While I am a sucker for fairytales and magic, one area of writing that I persistently search for is dystopian not-so-distant futuristic novels. Something plausible, and terrifying, that engulfs the reader in the imaginative, but hope-it-won’t-happen world characters live in. … Continue reading
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Guest Post: Ping-Pong, Spin, and Third-Ball Attack (Or, Why Dialogue Gets Boring and How to Fix It) by Gregory Ashe
Have you ever read dialogue like this? “We’ll need the Spear of Glorgon to kill the Pit-Fiend Czhnarboth.” “Yes, we will. Do you know where the Spear of Glorgon may be found?” “Sadly, it … Continue reading
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Guest Post: The Real Life of Fiction with Keiko O’Leary
Whenever I ask the question “How shall I live?” I always look to literature for the answer. But this time the answer came in a dream. The dream took place in an auditorium, an old one, like the Century movie … Continue reading
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Writers and Guilt
Writers are so good at beating themselves up for all sorts of reasons, some valid, some not so much. Here’s some encouragement for dealing with writerly quilt.
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Guest Post: B. Morris Allen on Writing in Harmony
Writing is inherently frustrating, because it’s a process of condensing imagination into prose–taking countless colours and dimensions of dreaming and stripping them down to a few crude black and white stick drawings that readers can expand back in their own … Continue reading
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Guest Post: Thoughts on How and Why to Write Non-Human Protagonists by S. R. Algernon
As a writer, sometimes I find myself inspired to write by seeing other writers use a particular device and wondering what I can do with it. Having grown up with Star Trek and the Twilight Zone, and having encountered Babylon … Continue reading
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Writing Through Pain
…sometimes bad stuff happens. Sometimes you’re dealing with a loved one’s illness, or your own, or a natural disaster, or something else, because the world is one filled with tragedies, large and small. Continue reading
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You Should Read This: About Writing by Samuel R. Delany
I can’t think of a better book to begin with than a writing book I go back to over and over again, both for teaching and to apply to my own writing. Be aware that many of these essays are also contained in The Jewel-Hinged Jaw.