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Don’t be a Dick–Space Odyssey by Michael Benson

Don’t be a Dick–Space Odyssey by Michael Benson

Late in the book Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson, there's a classic dick move that left me angry and bitter. Kubrick sends a small team to South Africa to capture still photos of the terrain there,...

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...