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Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Strong stories are not necessarily short. They don’t need to be Hemingway-esque masterpieces of bare prose. In fact, I have friends who would argue “Hemingway-esque masterpiece” is an oxymoron; the man’s writing gets downright boring. And it would be hypocritical of me to argue for only short sentences or short paragraphs. I have to consciously apply myself to make use of either.  But in a strong story, every word counts. And no word is misplaced or...

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The Big List of Writing Writing Resources, Part One

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

You can write your story with nothing but a reasonably flat surface and something that leaves a mark, but it’s a lot easier when you have the right tools. Happily, there are a lot of useful resources out there. Here are some of my favorites. I encountered a few while writing The Starter Guide for Professional Writers (about which I have exciting news: revisions and expansions are underway for a second edition! The past two years have seen some interesting changes in the publishing...

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“The Grace of Turning Back” at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized |

“The Grace of Turning Back,” the final story of the Curse-Strewn World sequence, appears in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #179, which can be read on the BCS website or in the Kindle store. The Tynesi merchants, who traded everything from the silver rice of Timru and perfume leaves from Simrandu to chips of ivory off the Keld’s temples, had a term for a particular sort of improvidence: to throw money, time, or strength into seeing to completion a bargain they had...

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“Arnheim’s World” in Analog Magazine

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

“Arnheim’s World” in Analog Magazine

In the May 2015 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, alongside fiction from Rajnar Vajra, But Sparhawk, Robert R. Chase, Aubry Kae Anderson, and J.L. Forrest, my story “Arnheim’s World” explores the economics, ethics, and (anti)sociability of terraforming. Environment, economics, ethics, all stewing in a high-tension dilemma. Exactly the kind of thing you’d expect of me, I hope.  I worked on this piece on and off from 2011 onward, intrigued by the idea of a...

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Common edits to improve your writing

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Writing Advice | 0 comments

A lot of editing and rewriting involves relatively minor mechanical and technical changes. A lot. Not that I’m complaining; making these simple changes is a routine part of my work, and if nothing else it keeps me steadily employed. Many of them are changes I make to my own writing on a second draft! However, I thought it’d be helpful to share my “greatest hits”: the advice I give most often, and make use of most often when revising my own work. If you can apply this...

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“For Lost Time” up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lose no time in going to check out the latest installment in Across the Curse-Strewn World, a short story sequence following the wizard Aniver and his friend Semira’s quest to rescue his home city, which has somehow become lost in time. Their discoveries in the terrifying library of Arisbat have pointed Aniver and Semira in the right direction, but what a direction it is–the source of the blight that struck Nurathaipolis appears to have come from the Kingdom of the Dead....

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