Category Archives: Writers on Writing

Consideration of Works Past: Lord of Light

(Picture from here.) Long before Roger Zelazny was famous for the Amber series, he won the Hugo for 1967 novel, Lord of Light. Lord of Light is an odd story that blends Hindu mythology, Buddha philosophy, technical progress and science … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 1.1

This character is resistant. She thinks she’s a person, not a minion out of my imagination. She refuses to come to life. Now what do I do? Do I put her off and come up with a new character? (Tried that in the last series. Didn’t work well.) Skip her? (Uh, she’s already written into the first three books, you can’t rewrite her out of the series now.) When the writing gets tough, the tough go shopping. Continue reading

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Write Hacks 1

by Brenda W. Clough A write hack is defined (by me) as a small writer trick. Not a major decision that will make or break your entire career, like what software platform to write your movie script on, or whether … Continue reading

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Runaways, sex, and Greek mythology: DANNY by Steven Harper

  I have a tough time reading books with horrific real life problems mixed with fantasy; too often the fantasy boils down to wish fulfillment, with an undertone of “I was given mega-powers because I was a mega-victim.” I should … Continue reading

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Write It Slow?

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Ursula K. Le Guin recently blogged right her on Book View Café about how the marketing practices of Amazon.com results in disposable, interchangeable world-pablum instead of thoughtful, well-crafted literature. She wrote: If you want to sell cheap and fast, as … Continue reading

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A Little Etiquette, a Little Incense, a Little Edge

I think I was 13 when I discovered, more or less all at once, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Jane Aiken Hodge, and “romantic suspense,” a broad category that included different sorts of books but generally featured a woman in a diaphanous gown, … Continue reading

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Writing Full-Time versus a Day Job

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The Rambling Writer quits teaching—well, almost…. I knew from an early age that I would be a writer. I wrote my first (illustrated) science fiction story at six, and when my Grandma Sara played the card game “Authors” with me, … Continue reading

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Elements of Modern Storytelling–Romance

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Where does romance spring from? Cat Kimbriel was asked where romance fit as an element of modern storytelling.
Her immediate thought was “as a subtle puzzle piece.” She explains over at the Book View Cafe blog. Continue reading

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Writing Life: Cosmic Quarters and Bubble Gum Balls
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This is a slightly edited reprint of an article I wrote way back in 2010, but I hope the information herein is timeless. Okay, so now you’re ready to write. Your butt’s in the chair, your fingers are poised over … Continue reading

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The Tajji Diaries: A Story of Her Own

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Tajji, our elderly German Shepherd Dog, came to live with us a little over a year ago when she retired from seeing eye guide dog work. She learned new behaviors in the process of “being just a dog.” Her behavior … Continue reading

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