Don’t Crush That Writer! (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – One
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At a recent science fiction convention, I was on a panel about critique groups. We started by sharing horror stories. I had the singular honor of having the most horrific in the room. I once mentored a group of writers … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur: Characters, Their Care and Feeding
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In every work of fiction, characters assume different levels of importance. There are vital, primary characters (the protagonist, the antagonist), secondary characters (companions, love interests, foils), and (to use film terminology) bit players, walk-ons, and extras. One way we signal … Continue reading

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New Writers Ask: What goes into building a world?
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One of the hardest things for some writers to learn is what goes into building a world in enough  detail to engage the reader’s willing suspension of disbelief. This is especially important when writing about places that no one alive … Continue reading

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