Category Archives: Thoughts about Writing

Worldsetting

Today I have invented a new word: worldsetting. (I can’t prove I invented it, but it didn’t turn up in a Google search so I am taking credit.) I invented it to solve a problem I’ve had for a while … Continue reading

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Timing Isn’t Everything, But It’s a Lot

When I’m having difficulty with something in a work in progress, I get hyper-aware of that issue in any book I’m reading. I’m not talking about big overarching issues like character motivations or plot weaknesses (although, yes, those too). Right … Continue reading

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Why I Like Content Warnings

What are content warnings or trigger warnings? They are statements made at the front of a work of prose or a poem, stating topics or language that might be employed in the work. This is to offer readers a choice. … Continue reading

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Rejections

A good friend, a talented writer, has started sending out more stories this year. They always submitted their work; so far this year they are submitting more regularly. And as most of us who submit our fiction for publication know, … Continue reading

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Galley Copies!

Thursday evening someone rapped on the door and immediately rang the bell. This is the hallmark of UPS or FedEx these days. I was delighted to hear it because it meant the coffee beans were here, and we were nearly … Continue reading

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A Rant

Odd time of year for a rant–odd time in my life for a rant, actually. I really have little to rant about right now. Given the state of the world, things are good for me, and I’m grateful. In spite … Continue reading

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On the Road to Chosenville

I just realized that in my new Work in Progress, a fun, no-expectations project, I’m driving one character straight onto the freeway exit for Chosenville with no graceful way to change lanes. Chosenville is the hometown of fictional Chosen Ones. … Continue reading

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Open Mike: What to Read, What to Read?

This month I did two author reads, and I have one scheduled for early next month. As Comeuppance Served Cold draws closer to publication, I plan (or at least hope) to do more personal author readings. This leads to the … Continue reading

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The Trope of the ELM

I’m currently reading a science fiction adventure novel. I’m at about the halfway point. Yesterday, reading a tense, high-action sequence involving a number of the characters, I was struck hard with how much the story relies on the Exceptional Lone … Continue reading

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Worded Out

This isn’t about writer’s block. I may compose a post on writer’s block someday, because it’s an interesting topic. Personally, I think it is a term used to cover a variety of states. This post isn’t about that. Sometimes I … Continue reading

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