Don’t Crush That Writer (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – Two
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There are two parties involved in critique: the critiquer and the critiquee. Okay, I just made those words up. So, let’s say there is the giver of the critique and the recipient of the critique. This is true whether the parties are … Continue reading

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New Writers Ask: Can’t Craft Be Learned?
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I’ve had a number of writers I’ve mentored or critiqued ask me some form of this question.  Sometimes it’s a plaintive wail expressing the writer’s earnest hope that they can overcome their ”issues.”  Sometimes it’s a defiant roar: “Craft? Bah! … Continue reading

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Practical Magic
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Arthur C. Clarke posited long ago that any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I’d like to turn that aphorism on its head and suggest that any significantly advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology. Simply put, the magic of … Continue reading

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Rules of the Written Road

Kurt Vonnegut came up with eight rules for writing fiction, nicely referenced in an interview with Andrew O’Hagan, and noted there by O’Hagan as: “His rules for good writing are entirely bogus – he knew it, too – but they are not un-useful. Rules are just a bunch of things someone adorned into precepts while they were on the way to getting it wrong, but Vonnegut got it right now and then so we’d do well to listen.”

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