Tagged as: writing fiction

THE ENIGMA OF DESIRE: “the heart of storytelling is mystery”

1 I’m at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose. Dude came with me. He went off to have a meeting with someone at the Google headquarters in Mountain View – “I used to live in Mountain View,” I said, with maybe just a touch of nostalgia, which is odd, because that was not an…

Oct 30, 2009 · 4 Comments / ADD YOURS

era of the author platform

1 If this blog has a purpose, it’s to explore the question of how to be a successful professional writer in the twenty first century. Part of that sums up in two words: author platform. I’m not sure when I first heard the term, or realized it now applies to me. My understanding of ‘platform’…

Oct 29, 2009 · 5 Comments / ADD YOURS

FAILURE IS GOOD FOR YOU: how practice novels helped me get published

Fear of failure is a bitch. It’s like the bitch god or bitch goddess – depending on your preferred visualization – holding sway over so many of us. We learn young – especially in this culture – that people can be either winners or losers, and to be a loser – to Fail – is…

Oct 25, 2009 · 26 Comments / ADD YOURS

reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale: developing writer’s intuition

1 Reading came first. It always does. Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale. I once read somewhere that kids who like to read fall into two groups. The first naturally picks up reading from their environment: they see their parents reading, they find books in the house, they go to libraries and bookstores…

Oct 20, 2009 · 21 Comments / ADD YOURS

IN THE DARK: thoughts on the anxiety of writing fiction

*cross-posted to Storytellers Unplugged When I was in university, one of my closest friends asked me if writing fiction couldn’t be a “hobby” instead of something I staked my future and my livelihood on. I was adamant that it could not. I had to create or die, dammit! I was born to be a writer!…

Sep 19, 2009 · 3 Comments / ADD YOURS

writing as a man

My first tweet of the day: My protagonist already a bit different than originally envisioned; you don’t know who your people are until you start to write them. Or at least I don’t. I can make all the notes I want, brainstorm, write up elaborate backstories, pick apart their psychology, deliberately choose bits of personality…

Sep 8, 2009 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

Zombies: Encounters With The Hungry Dead

A reader had asked about the title of the forthcoming zombie anthology that includes a story of mine called “Best Served Cold”*. The editor of the antho, John Skipp, took it upon his gracious self to answer the question in full, so I’ll just reprint him here: The book’s called ZOMBIES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUNGRY…

Sep 3, 2009 · 0 Comments / ADD YOURS

planning new blog

1 So I’m planning a new blog (as part of a new website) and I’ve been wondering what to do about this LJ. What makes sense to me is to keep this livejournal as very much that — a journal — where I can write about whatever doesn’t fit the new blog (Pop Angel: The…

Sep 1, 2009 · 1 Comment / ADD YOURS
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