Writing Life: Write Together, Die Alone

Think of an author you admire: someone who seems genuinely inspired and productive, someone whose success hasn’t gone to her head or caused a downturn in the quality of her work.  Do a little research, and more likely than not, you’ll find that this person has (or had) a writers’ group.  She may not necessarily…… Continue reading Writing Life: Write Together, Die Alone

Spec Tech: Jumping on the Moon

Spec Tech is the new Thursday series at the Clarion Foundation blog. This “college of science fiction and fantasy” will explore the uses of physics, astronomy, biology, sociology and more, as they apply to the writing of speculative fiction. Whether you’re in the midst of intricate world-building or just want a juicy fact to bolster…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Jumping on the Moon

SF&F Troubleshooting with Karen Joy Fowler: Setting

Today’s post kicks off our guest author series: at the end of each month we’ll be hearing from a working speculative fiction author on what they consider some of the most challenging and important aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy.  This series is called “SF&F Troubleshooting,” and our first contributor is bestselling author and…… Continue reading SF&F Troubleshooting with Karen Joy Fowler: Setting

Writing Life: A Spoonful of Sugar

On Thursday, in Kater Cheek’s intriguing riff about the influence of agriculture on society, she included a quip about the drudgery of research.  Research is, unfortunately, one of the most common inspiration-killers for writers.  How many times have you been skimming along blithely through the creation of a story, only to suddenly slam face-first into…… Continue reading Writing Life: A Spoonful of Sugar

Spec Tech: Fake Asian Done Right.

A pet peeve of mine is the whole “adventurers must eat stew” stereotype illustrated so beautifully in Diane Duane’s Tough Guide to Fantasyland.  What’s worse  is the inevitable “bread and cheese” that all adventurers eat, and if they get any fruit, you know it’s apples.  I understand why high fantasy tends to skew medieval Europe—Tolkien…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Fake Asian Done Right.