Writing What You Know Is Not A Path

It's a gate. It's a place to start, whether you're describing a character or a place or an action. And you know more than you think. Especially if you write science fiction or fantasy. Because then you're free to make up the things you know from whole cloth in a few spots, maybe many. That's... Continue Reading →

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Short Story Review: Containment By Susan Kaye Quinn

From Dark Beyond the Stars: A Space Opera Anthology edited by David Gatewood.Spoiler warning: there are spoilers in here. There kind of always are when I do these things because as one of those weirdos who doesn't care about spoilers (99% of the time) I'm kind of spoiler-blind when I write. Also, this review appeared... Continue Reading →

The Triumph Of The Won’t

  In the best of Trump voters, there's deep and intense dissatisfaction. A feeling that anything must be better than the politics of our memory, whether that memory is the few years of the 18 year old first time voter or the several decades of the elder Trump voter. In many, I think, there's an... Continue Reading →

Thirteen Word Story: Savepoint

  Originally posted to my Patreon page on 1/14/2016. My patrons get to see my posts at least three days early -- PLUS all the stories I publish as ebooks for free. Even if I charge for the ebook. So, you know, if you want to see everything before everyone else wink wink nudge nudge...... Continue Reading →

Today’s Writing Tip: Nobody Is All Anything

Even the most evil villains still have a positive human dimension, a good side. Even a paragon of goodness has a flaw, a bad side. The most powerful people have weaknesses, and vice versa. Do not write one-dimensional archetypes. Write credible beings with lives.

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