Invisible Work

Hello, folks! It's time to talk about a subject I've pontificated on before on this blog. That is, specifically, the invisible work that goes into writing. I will have been in Seattle for three weeks as of this Sunday, and I've gotten a lot of stuff done. You haven't necessarily been able to see that,... Continue Reading →

Writing and recovery

Back in August I wrote somewhere upwards of 12,000 words in nine days, or about 1,300 words a day, which doesn't seem like much but is as much as I've been managing in a week for the last several months. It was exquisite. And then I came down. In fitness, there's a concept called a... Continue Reading →

Resisting the neat ending

Recently I've been thinking a lot about endings for stories. Sticking the landing for an ending to a book or short story is often a very difficult aspect of writing. There's a tendency in writing to try to wrap things up in a neat bow, brought on no doubt by plenty of Hollywood and Disney... Continue Reading →

You can do everything right

Last week Publisher's Weekly published an article about the increasing inequity in advances for traditionally published authors. This comes in the wake of several years of writing income studies that are showing median writer income to be decreasing steadily. From the 2018 report by the Author's Guild: Median incomes of all published authors who were... Continue Reading →

On writing endings: lessons from the Hollows

Recently, I've been re-reading the Hollows Series by Kim Harrison. For those who don't remember this lovely series, it was one of those fun re-imaginings of our world that was contemporary to the Sookie Stackhouse novels, later adapted into True Blood, and Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, adapted into the TV Show Bitten.... Continue Reading →

Short Fiction and market conversations

As you all know, or maybe you don't, I've been writing a decent amount (for me) of short fiction lately. I think this is mostly me trying to explore a medium that doesn't require a months-long commitment to a single world but still allows me to explore imagery and concepts that catch my fancy. I've... Continue Reading →

Mapping, stories, Random City Generator

Short post this week, but a fun one! I encountered the Random City Generator a few months back, and I've really been enjoying playing with it. While I haven't been doing a great deal of mapping for my stories recently, I do use maps a lot to visualize different communities. Previous to this, I have... Continue Reading →

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