Lately, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot in preparation for leading the upcoming spring semester Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College. I almost always spend the months leading up to it reading a new crop of short stories across the … Continue reading
Is this you?
Wake up. Brush teeth. Make coffee. Feed the cat. Sit down at computer. Cry.
Because there’s just so much to be done. It’s not a do-list, it’s a tidal wave.
Any author will tell you that writing a novel involves research. Then, if you aren’t quick on your feet, they’re liable to corner you and tell you all the marvelous things they learned that were peripheral to their novel and so never got into the book. Have you poured hours into research that led you farther and farther away from your story—and into fascinating places?Continue reading
I have gimmicks I use to handle all kinds of “I’ll get to that later” moments in first drafts. One of them I owe to an Isaac Asimov story that was written as a play called “Zeepsday.”Continue reading
(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
Once upon a time, editors were the gold standard of book midwifery. Editors loved books and had the time to discover budding authors, who received nurture and guidance for their entire careers. The best editors took the “long view” and … Continue reading
The first sad truth about marketing fiction of any kind is this, and you are just going to have to deal with it: EDITORS DO NOT BUY STORIES BECAUSE THEY ARE WELL WRITTEN. Accept it. Memorize it. Put it up … Continue reading
Laura Anne Gilman. Writer. Editor. Tired Person.
This has been Laura Anne Gilman’s tag line forever, and with good reason. She does enough work for three people—she’s worked for major New York publishing houses and start-ups, including running the successful ROC Line; she has a flourishing editing business, and writes under both her own name (fantasy, SF, urban fantasy, YA) and L.A. Kornesky (mysteries).Continue reading
“Once upon a time, alas by now a long time ago, when Indians or to be correct the aboriginal people of America where still allowed to follow the nomadic lives of their choice, there were those afraid of and maligning, … Continue reading
There is nothing an author today has to guard himself more carefully against than the Saga Habit. The least slackening of vigilance and the thing has gripped him. — P.G. Wodehouse, writing in 1935 How little things change! I too … Continue reading