Category Archives: Writing Craft & Self-Publishing

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

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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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Head-jumping, or How characters (don’t) experience the world

It has often been pointed out that modern fiction tends to make fairly heavy use of the omniscient narrator device, the storyteller who knows absolutely everything that is happening both internally and externally to each character involved in the action being related. This can allow the writer to add many layers of detail to their […]

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Doing what’s been done

When I wrote Randolph’s One Bedroom I thought that I was doing something original. The book consists of twenty short stories but it is not strictly a collection of short stories per se because all of the shorts contain the same protagonist and numerous recurring supporting characters. The shorts also contain character development and growth, […]

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Titling

There are two main schools of thought on when to give a title to your work in progress, and any number of variations between those poles. The question mainly concerns the timing but there are perhaps some unforeseen consequences that result from the stance you take on the choice, and it is those that this […]

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Buying self-pubbers

There are those who, for one reason or another, will not buy indie/self-pubbed books. I suppose it has something to do with the idea that the quality must be lower, or that the writing hasn’t been properly vetted, or that it somehow “doesn’t count”. All of those reasons, and reasons like them, are based on […]

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