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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-wonâ€™t-happen world characters live in. … Continue reading
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? Â Â Â â€œWeâ€™ll need the Spear of Glorgon to kill the Pit-Fiend Czhnarboth.â€ Â Â Â â€œYes, we will. Do you know where the Spear of Glorgon may be found?â€ Â Â Â â€œSadly, it … Continue reading
Whenever I ask the question â€œHow shall I live?â€ 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
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.
Writing is inherently frustrating, because itâ€™s a process of condensing imagination into proseâ€“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
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
…sometimes bad stuff happens. Sometimes youâ€™re dealing with a loved oneâ€™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
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.