All Beginnings Great and Small
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I’m fascinated by beginnings. That is, the first words that fall into a reader’s brain when she opens up a book. Not all stories have evocative openings. I was bemused to find that some of my favorite novelists do not, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer: I Dodge a Bullet—Update
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Funny story. As I detailed in my last Confession, I dodged a wild bullet about two years ago, when a dear friend and collaborator referred a gentleman to me who had a book he wanted ghostwritten. Long story short, a combination … Continue reading

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Why are kings the default government in many SF and fantasy novels?

    Two words, power and privilege. What’s not to like? What’s not to hate? Whatever those words power and privilege evoke to us, it’s usually not boredom. It’s tough to get away from the fact that human beings tend … Continue reading

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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Writing Off The Map…

It’s a favorite panel topic at science fiction conventions – scratch around in any con’s program and some variation of “pantser or plotter?” will pop up, like you’re playing Whack-a-Mole. You’d think people have heard everything to be said about … Continue reading

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Writing Life: Deconstructing the World

I’ve got a writing exercise for ya.’ I’m hopeful it will put ideas into your head. It requires reverse engineering something, in this case, greeting cards.  Those new any occasion cards with blank interiors are the best for this. Here’s … Continue reading

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History in Fiction with Gillian & Brenda

This conversation originally appeared earlier this year on the History Girls, a most informative blog run by writers of historical fiction. Talking history in a writer’s fiction… with the writer Brenda Clough, by Gillian Polack  Because so many readers enjoyed … Continue reading

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Only in Silence the Word: After Ursula

Some writers are just—more. More everything. More brilliant. More talented. More challenging, and more wickedly subversive. Ursula was all of those things, but even more than that, she was loved. I was her colleague in genre and here at Book … Continue reading

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