Category Archives: Writers on Writing

Consideration of Works Past: Farnham’s Freehold

(Picture from Farnham’s Freehold for a while now. There is a whole lot of controversy on that book. While race showed up regularly in his work, FF was the only book where he attempted to actually confront it. There was … Continue reading


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10% Above the Waterline

In the days when I was reading slush (unsolicited manuscripts to the fortunately uninitiated) we had a rule of thumb: the more “supporting materials” came with a fantasy manuscript, the more likely the MS was to be rotten. This wasn’t … Continue reading


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[rant] One space or two between sentences?

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Apparently, the b/a/t/t/l/e discussion over whether to use one space or two between sentences r/a/g/e/s/o/n continues. Since I have not yet expressed my opinion on the subject, here it is: You have got to be kidding me, right? Of all … Continue reading


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What’s in a Word: Emotional Atmosphere
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Like all writers, I have a special relationship with words. In my case, I love them. I am fascinated by the way they work (or fail to work), the myriad ways in which they can be misunderstood, misused, even abused … Continue reading


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Sea Changes

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As I write this, the World Science Fiction convention in London is winding down. I “attended” the Hugo Awards ceremony from Arizona in the USA via video stream and running twitter and text updates. Life in the future. That was … Continue reading


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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan

Writing Fight Scenes

Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan So you’re working on a story, and there comes a point where it ought to have a fight scene. But you’re sitting there thinking, “I’m not a martial artist! I’m not a member of … Continue reading


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The “Rules” of Writing
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(This article is a “reprint” from our first year of operating Book View Cafe—2008) Robert Heinlein posited that there were two rules of writing: 1.  You must write. 2.  You must finish what you write. That’s easy enough to say, … Continue reading


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Consideration of Works Past: The Door into Summer/Double Star

(Pictures from here and here.) My two favorite Heinlein novels have always been The Door into Summer (1957) and Double Star (1956). The reasons for this have changed over the ears. TDIS was not one of his most popular novels– one critic suggested that this was a novel where … Continue reading


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Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Cunningham Talk About Writing

BVC’s own Ursula K. Le Guin and Michael Cunningham talk about what’s going on with fiction in this dialogue at Electric Lit. Here are a couple of quotes to whet your appetite: Cunningham: I feel like the most prominent aspect … Continue reading


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Legal Fictions: Reinventing Law — and Lawyers

Legal Hackers. That’s two words I never expected to see together. And no, it’s not about people who have figured out legal ways to get their hands on your password. It’s people who are bringing law into the modern digital … Continue reading


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