Category Archives: Writers on Writing

Let’s Talk About Revision!

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Some authors love to draft stories but find revision agonizing; others drag their way through getting words on paper but spread their creative wings as they cut and prune and flesh out the story. What is revision, anyway? How is … Continue reading

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Some Insight on the Editorial Process

(This post was originally published in April 2014 at the author’s personal blog Hahvi.net.) For those of you who are writers, I’d thought I’d talk a little about the editorial process behind my newest books. The process I use to … Continue reading

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Going It Alone

There are all sorts of resources available for writers who want them: workshops, classes, beta readers, bars, books, peers, and people who just love to have you bounce ideas off them. They all have their virtues. Yet for some of us, … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Ink Dance by Deborah J. Ross

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Ink Dance Essays on the Writing Life by Deborah J. Ross Where do you get your ideas? According to a highly successful writer friend, the Idea Fairy leaves packets of them under our pillows. When I tell people this secret, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tempest

Happy spring equinox! Anyone up for a cheap trip to Greece? While putting the finishing touches on my novel The Ariadne Connection, I had a powerful yearning to revisit the Greek islands that inspired the story. (Anyone familiar with me … Continue reading

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Diverse Fiction and Changing the News

Those of you who wonder why some writers are pointing out the lack of diversity in both characters and authors might want to pay closer attention to the news. Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma … Continue reading

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Confidence

Riding the Rocket

I had another blog topic planned, but then this post showed up on my daily feed, and I got to thinking. Here’s the meat of the post that got my little grey cells popping: I’m told, over and over, the … Continue reading

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A Duel of Words: Action and Dialogue Part 2
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Good action, like good dialogue, moves. It’s not easy to write, in part because the writer is dealing with time—specifically, the time it takes for the reader to read the words, make sense of them, and visualize what they’re saying. Given … Continue reading

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Addendum to “Are they going to say this is fantasy?”

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by Ursula K. Le Guin Addendum to “Are they going to say this is fantasy?” From: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/08/kazuo-ishiguro-rebuffs-genre-snobbery At a Guardian event held at the Royal Institution in London on Sunday, Ishiguro said that veteran author Ursula K. Le Guin was … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

So I’m writing this book, set in England in 1812. And somehow a group of the people sometimes referred to as Gypsies, or Travelers, or Tinkers, has appeared and is playing a role in the story. And the research, and the ramifications, … Continue reading

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