Category Archives: Writers on Writing

On Becoming a Professional Amateur, #3: Mixed Metaphors

For the aspiring writers among us, I offer this third blog in a workshop series on the craft of writing. Obviously you don’t have to do the exercises, ’cause nobody’s watching, but you might have fun with them. Sample sentence: … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Progressive — Grammar Neep #1

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There are a number of grammar myths current in the genre writing community. A lot of people seem to believe, for example, that commas exists to mark pauses when, actually, they show logical relationships between parts of a sentence. Strunk … Continue reading

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Three Ways of looking at Kate Elliott’s Court of Fives

In order to discuss this young adult fantasy, I have to get sort of spoilery. I try to avoid specifics, but I do talk about the general outline of the book. So, Court of Fives, described in various places as … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Use Strunk and White: An Essay From Brewing Fine Fiction

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Are you struggling with your NaNoWriMo project? The Storybundle collection of books on writing for National Novel Writing Month is still available. Book View Cafe anthology Brewing Fine Fiction is part of that deal. In addition, Judith Tarr’s Writing Horses … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Writers

Long ago in the Before Time, I was an editor at a comic book publisher. When I arrived there, the only way to edit that I knew was the way I edited a prose novel or story: look at the words, … Continue reading

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What Off Earth Made me Write my First Novel?

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It’s been fun to revisit my early writing, as Book View Café releases new editions (with new covers!) of my early science fiction novels originally published by Berkley/Ace/Putnam. I wrote my first novel while finishing my undergraduate degree in English … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays: The Anti-Waiting Game

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the waiting game, in which writers are forced to wait and wait and wait for anything in publishing to get done.  However, the waiting game has an opposite: the anti-waiting game. The anti-waiting game … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 10: ISO a Book

by Brenda W. Clough  I got this hack from the great Greg Feeley. I was writing a novel, as usual, and I found myself in need of a book title. A fictional one, but it had to sound right. I … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost, the Second

My first gig as a ghostwriter came about in 2005, within a week of my entire software team being laid off. I was furious on behalf of my staff, who had expected to be rewarded for the bang-up job they … Continue reading

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The 2015 NaNaWriMo Writing Tools Bundle


BVC is delighted to be included in StoryBundle’s 2015 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle. Not only is our Brewing Fine Fiction anthology part of the bundle, so are two additional guides by BVC members: Writing Horses by Judith Tarr and Writing … Continue reading

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