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Writing Process (An Update from the Front) 10.25.18

Writing Process (An Update from the Front) 10.25.18

Let's talk a little about the writing process... Of course how I do it is probably different than how you do it, but seeing how others negotiate the speed bumps is--to me at least--always interesting.   I'm in the latter stages of writing the first draft for...

5 Reasons I’m Spending October with Clive Barker

5 Reasons I’m Spending October with Clive Barker

Clive Barker - Author, Artist, and filmmaker 5 Reasons I’m Spending October with Clive Barker It’s October, and for Americans, certainly, that means Halloween. Do other countries have Halloween? I could look it up, I suppose, but I’m far too lazy. Anyway, as you know,...

Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Defining the Problem Sometimes our writing process can be hindered by the tools we choose--or the tools we're forced to choose because they're the ones most in vogue. I turned eighteen in 1984 so I spent my formative writing years in a pre-digital, pre-mobile device...

Writing Process – (Don’t) Just Dive In

Writing Process – (Don’t) Just Dive In

Just diving in doesn’t work. How do I know? Because it’s my default approach to writing, and I have boxes (and hard drives) full of unfinished stories. But allow me to clarify: By “diving in” I mean writing before your premise has fully percolated. When I have a...

Writing Process – Stingy

Writing Process – Stingy

I have a tendency to write lean — as in close-to-the-bone. In my college days, I was compared to Hemingway from time time, not because I was as good as him, but because I was similarly stingy with detail. I haven’t dissected why it is I’m so terse, but I have three...

Writing Process – It Takes Two 2

Writing Process – It Takes Two 2

I don’t know George R. R. Martin, and I would not presume to speak for him. I am, however, willing to speculate about his motives and processes. It seems to me — and I could be wrong — that Martin is a fan of the father of the High Fantasy genre, J.R.R. Tolkien. That...