Tag Archives: the craft of writing

Nevertheless, She Filed Her Taxes on Time

One of the things I love about the way the fantasy genre has evolved in the new millennium is how it plays with its tropes. Every genre has them, and cherishes them. Tropes are what make a genre what it … Continue reading

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Dramatic License

Today I offer the Author’s Note from the first book I wrote as Anne Rutherford, “The Opening Night Murder, ” where I address the issue of dramatic license in historical fiction. In my associations with other authors, often I’m drawn … Continue reading

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The skittering lilt: Beginning to self-edit

  I was invited recently to speak along with some other writers to a beginning creative writing class taught by an old workshop friend. This class was filled with writers who’d completed their first project this last November during NaNoWriMo, … Continue reading

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Horseblog Q&A: Fear Factor

The last Horseblog attracted a great deal of commentary from the horse community, and as always happens when people are talking about scary things, the horror stories waxed horrific. Amid all this, author Pamela Dean commented, I had a question … Continue reading

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Ow: Equestrian Edition

Actually not the horse kind. The human kind. This week, I asked fellow writers to ask questions about what they want or need to know about handling and living with horses. Writer and artist M.C.A. Hogarth responded with a great … Continue reading

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L is for Luck

L is for Luck. I’m not going to mince words here. Sometimes, you can follow every rule, you can do every single thing right, and your writing career isn’t going to go the way you want it to go. Publishers … Continue reading

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K is for Kryptonite

K is for Kryptonite. I’m sure you’ve brushed up on your superhero lore. There are a couple dozen types of Kryptonite, but they all mean disaster for the Man of Steel—he loses his powers when he’s confronted with the stuff. … Continue reading

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E is for Edit

This post is part of an ongoing series, the Author’s Alphabet. Click on the tag below to read more in the series! E is for Edit. And edit again. And edit one more time. And yet another. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. … Continue reading

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D is for Determination

This post is part of an ongoing series, the Author’s Alphabet. Click on the tag below to read more in the series! D is for Determination. At first glance, it seems that anyone can write. We all wrote book reports … Continue reading

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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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