Category Archives: Writers on Writing

New Service at Radford Editorial

  Have you ever had a short story rejected before it is even read because the harried and harassed editor has no time or patience to deal with sloppy or incorrect formatting? As co-editor of the bestselling anthology “Alternative Truths” … Continue reading

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THE LANGUAGE ATTIC: shazzing

The Word Museum by Jeffrey Kacirk, Barnes & Noble, New York, 2000 is a marvelous tool for writers of historical fiction. Not only does it help find the right word for the occasion, it is good for a laugh or … Continue reading

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Food fantasies and big girl power in Coed Demon Sluts: Pog

For a lot of big (and formerly big) women, food is not necessarily a part of the picture. For Pog it’s everything. Sex equals power, demonhood means wealth, but food is love. Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler (and Writer)- The Fun of Research

Reader, do you like to do research for your novels? Where do you start, and what tools do you use? I’ll answer first. I love research. Most of my writing career I’ve produced fantasy, some science fiction, and a lot … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Propinquity

by Brenda W. Clough ‘Propinquity’ is one of the first words I recall reading in which I could see myself inferring the meaning from the surrounding text. I first ran into it in Rumer Godden’s delightful novel In This House … Continue reading

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Theory of Mind: Literature and Writing

Theory of Mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one’s own. It is a fascinating study that … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–My Summer Office

When summer comes, I like to move outside to my summer office. It’s the front porch of our lovely house. It faces north, so it’s always cool and shady. We’ve installed some comfortable porch furniture out there, along with a … Continue reading

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My first lesbian love story, Coed Demon Sluts: Amanda

Coed Demon Sluts: Amanda by Jennifer Stevenson

This story is less boffo than the first three Slut adventures mostly because Amanda needs to travel such a long way from numbness to love. I found myself siding with Cricket a lot, prodding Amanda emotionally in the middle of the night, tickling her sense of humor, luring her into the woods, leading by following, crashing around in her life like upbeat ball-lightning, tempting her to live a little. Continue reading

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A Creative Exercise: Writing as Archaeology
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Now that I have your attention (ahem) … This creativity exercise is one I often do in workshop format at conventions. It requires that you first dig up some objects. Just plain old mundane things. Go into your kitchen and … Continue reading

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Modulation: The Art of Reading to an Audience

The first reading I ever went to was by a well known writer of whose work I was a huge fan. There were three readers (I think it was in a bookstore). I found the first reader un-compelling–he read in … Continue reading

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