Category Archives: Writing Craft & Self-Publishing

The pain of editing, the pleasure of the next

Like any activity writing has its rhythms, its flows, ebbs, and tides. There is the idea phase, where a seed takes root, begins to send out tendrils, makes connections, and gradually, very gradually, a concrete shape takes form and presents itself. That is an exciting period, a feverish period, but hardly anything really gets done. […]

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Should we care about how a page looks?

In the Preface section to his book I Am a Strange Loop Douglas Hofstadter (an established American academic whose career got a rocket launch with the success of his 1979 book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid; I haven’t read that one but I’d only recommend the first half of his Strange Loop) discusses […]

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Devotion, or Loving a project

Devotion tends to get short shrift these days. It could be a byproduct of the mentality that our current economic system of favoring (well, sanctifying) consumerism has bred into us, where everything is easily disposable and even more easily replaced, or it could be a byproduct of our ever-shortening attention spans, where even the daily […]

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Making assumptions

Much has been made of late of media bias, the limits of political correctness in speech, and the question of just how free a speech the freedom of speech does or is meant to or ought to entail. What have unfortunately been far less examined are the conceptual assumptions that lie behind not only every […]

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Being willing to fail

“If you want to get good at something you have to be willing to fail a lot.” That was some advice that I overheard recently and it has stuck with me, particularly the “a lot” part. As we all know, writing is one of the very least rewarding endeavors that a human being can engage […]

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Your will and their will

Although not unique to us will and intention are two of the foremost hallmarks of a human being. Each of us have any number of objectives that we are attempting to accomplish or to see happen or brought about at least partly through the efforts we make, and our actions and plans are aimed at […]

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Plumbing your depths

To our readers: Our deepest apologies on the site being down for a few days from early last week to early this week, we had unexpected server difficulties. The issue has now been resolved but we’ll be examining ways to help ensure that it doesn’t happen again. We’re looking forward to providing you with more […]

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Goals and targets

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” That’s a quote from Frank Herbert, author of the Dune saga and a self-proclaimed stranger to writer’s block. His approach to writing was apparently just to sit down and do it, when it was “writing time” to simply sit there with […]

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Writing the unseen

You have a character, the character has certain ideas, feelings, desires, hopes, dreams. The character has goals and motivations and is involved in actions aimed at expressing those motivations or achieving those goals. The character inhabits a place and time and moves in a world that is filled with other characters, objects, items, spaces, locations. […]

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On dialogue

Dialogue is fun to write and fun to read and so it’s no surprise that many writers turn to it to advance their plots and even at times to provide the bulk of their book’s structure. Plato of course famously framed his books in Socratic dialogues and he is considered by many to still be […]

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