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My first official Fictorians post

I’ve had five guest blog posts on The Fictorians blog, but tonight (or this morning) is my first official post as a Fictorian myself. So here’s a linky:

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My economics of writing #amwriting

My last post about my wonderful, horrible, exciting, terrifying year of trying to be “a writer” seems to have struck a nerve with some other writers. Some people expressed interest in more details of that year, with an emphasis on … Continue reading

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My year of living as a “writer.” #amwriting

Anyone who follows this blog, or any of my other blogs or social media sites, is well aware that I am an unusual example of a “writer.” Until thirteen months ago, I had only published a few technical articles in … Continue reading

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On Writing: Plot and Characters #OnWriting #WritingTips

Here is my thumbnail cliche about plot and characters: Characters should drive the plot. Plot should impact the characters. I dunno if that’s “right” according to all the academics or writing coaches out there. I didn’t get it from anywhere, … Continue reading

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What is “adult content” in a novel? #amwriting #writing

So, I’ve gotten really good reviews so far for Warlock. But one review, even though it was a four out of five star rating, said it would have been a five star rating if the book was more firmly in … Continue reading

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Is “OK” Okay?

I am writing a fantasy fiction novel. At times in the book I used the colloquial term “OK” in dialog. I did this with full knowledge that “OK” is generally considered to not be OK in fiction other than recent … Continue reading

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On Writing: Sizzling Settings

First I want to describe what I consider to be the difference between “world building” and a story’s “setting.” If you’re creating a fantasy world, then you will almost certainly have to do a lot of world building. World building … Continue reading

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On Writing: Whedon Drives

What’s a “Whedon Drive?” It’s something I talk about a lot when talking with other writers. It comes from an interview that someone did with Joss Whedon, the famed director of movies like “The Avengers.” He also directed the TV … Continue reading

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On Writing: World Building

Ah, world building. I do so love world building. It’s probably not good to admit that. But I do. I could draw imaginary maps all day. In fact I┬áhave drawn imaginary maps all day. And I loved it. But that’s … Continue reading

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On Writing: Characters with character

I think character development is one of my weaker skills as a writer. Not that I think I’m terrible at it, I actually think I do a journeyman’s job of it. But I don’t think I’m especially good at it … Continue reading

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