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I’m An Imposter

In honour of the Imposters funding (Todd Crapper and Josh T. Jordan on the same project? The collected awesome of that project will undoubtedly create a singularity of awesome, but instead of nothing escaping the event horizon, it will constantly … Continue reading

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Artist as Protagonist

A recent episode of In Our Time focused on the Japanese artist Hokusai, and the discussion turned to Japan at the time and Hokusai’s place in both the artistic community and the politics of the time – he apparently had … Continue reading

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When She Was Five

In case you weren’t aware, my flash fiction “When She Was Five” is up at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. It’s funny, this was the first time I purposely wrote flash fiction and I sold it to the first market … Continue reading

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Meandering Around the Map

Originally published 20 April 2010 I used to try to be a “seat of my pants” writer. I would start with an idea, and move forward. Sometimes I knew the ending, sometimes I didn’t, but I just wrote until I … Continue reading

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Perfecting Your Craft

I’ve done a lot of fiction writing, and have even had people pay me to publish some of it. I’ve also completed a few novels, but I’ve never published any. That said, I have opinions. I know – shocking! So … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Special . . . Yet

If you are planning to sell your writing, you need to remember that you are not a special snowflake. I know you’ve heard that a lot, but it’s important to understand it. It’s important to understand that you need to … Continue reading

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Description Comes Later

I am the first to admit that I am not good with description. My first drafts are often like scripts with dialogue and character action but very little setting description. In the past, I’ve struggled to force myself to include … Continue reading

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Write What You Read

Everyone has heard “write what you know.” How people define “know” is, of course, variable, but it is fair enough advice on the face of it – if you don’t know about sub-hunting in WWII, don’t write fiction about sub-hunting … Continue reading

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Unconscious Inspiration

Sometimes, you find inspiration in another work and you don’t even try to hide it: my story “Farewell, Something Lovely” is a rip-off of the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely. I’m okay with admitting my story uses the ideas and … Continue reading

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Character Letter Writing

Back in the day, I used to listen to a writing podcast put out by Michael Stackpole called the Secrets. It was really good. The site is still up, but I don’t think any of the episodes remain available. There … Continue reading

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