Category Archives: Writers on Writing

A Duel of Words: Dialogue and Action, Part 1
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My annual stint in an online writers’ conference (the Catholic Writer’s Conference, of which I’ve been a non-Catholoic guest for the past several years) has me doing a chat workshop on writing dialogue and action. And, as often happens, this … Continue reading

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Midwifing a Story: Editors

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Once upon a time, editors were the gold standard of book midwifery. Editors loved books and had the time to discover budding authors, who received nurture and guidance for their entire careers. The best editors took the “long view” and … Continue reading

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How to Groom a Horse

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This week I am deadlined unto the thousandth generation, and I almost passed on doing the Horseblog. But then it dawned on me: I could take a quick trip in the Wayback Machine and see what I posted in the … Continue reading

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Wealth, Spouses, Day Jobs, and Other Ways to Eat While Writing

I put myself through law school. At the time, my sister was also in college and my parents were running a small newspaper on a shoestring, so there was no money available for me. Fortunately, this was back when it … Continue reading

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The Power of Place in Fiction

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“Nothing Happens Nowhere.” “Your characters need an atmosphere in order to breathe.” These lines from Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction textbook that I use in one of my courses at WWU have been echoing in my mind lately, as I ponder … Continue reading

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Engineer, Technologist, Alchemist

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been part of a Storybundle. This is a very interesting crowdfunding concept, and one I like quite a lot. It brings together for a limited time a group of works under a common … Continue reading

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How to Succeed as a Writer in 2015

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As the year begins, I — like many, many writers — contemplate what I can do to further my career. This applies whether we are traditionally published or self-published, or hybrids, partaking of both worlds. Publishers aren’t doing much in … Continue reading

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Writing: Where history, fantasy, and science fiction intersect

  I was pretty excited when I found out that Judith Tarr’s Arrows of the Sun was going to be included in the Indie Fantasy Bundle along with one of my own works, Lhind the Thief. The two couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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On Naming: Vol. 3, A Place for Every Thing

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by Brenda W. Clough If you have been following along, we have discussed naming regular folks, and also generating names for fantasy and science-fictional purposes. But wait, there’s more. Whatever or whoever your characters are, they need a setting. A … Continue reading

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On Naming: Vol. 2, the Quest for the Name

by Brenda W. Clough  You write fantasy or science fiction novels. And, unless you write very philosophical Olaf-Stapledon type fiction about colliding universes and enormous spans of time, you have created science-fictional or fantasy characters — elves, Klingons, Martians, Wookkies. … Continue reading

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