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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

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, Halloween is the season for scares. For that...

The Tyranny of Digital

The Tyranny of Digital

I turned eighteen in 1984 so I spent my formative writing years in a pre-digital, pre-mobile device world. Hell, it wasn’t just the formative years. Let’s be generous: good word processing didn’t take hold until the 90s. The iPhone and the iPad are both too young to...

(Don’t) Just Dive In

(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...

Stingy

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...

It Takes Two 2

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...